1. broad in scope or content; "across-the-board pay increases"; "an all-embracing definition"; "blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"; "an invention with broad applications"; "a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner; "granted him wide powers"
(synonym) across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket(a), broad, panoptic, wide
2. closely encircling; "encompassing mountain ranges"; "the surrounding countryside"
(synonym) encompassing(a), surrounding(a)
1. include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group"
(synonym) embrace, comprehend, cover
(verb-group) cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, address