English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

If one googles the word encomprises, there are 5K+ pages, that have this word. I personally have heard people in the USA use it with a meaning of include.

Official dictionaries, on the other hand, only have the word comprise.

Is "encomprise" just a verb form of "comprise", making the use of "encomprises" a mistake?

share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by Daniel, MετάEd, Mahnax, Brendon, Barrie England Jan 21 '12 at 8:19

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

If enough people keep using it, encomprise might eventually become a "word", but IMHO as of now its primary status is evidence of illiteracy. – FumbleFingers Jan 21 '12 at 2:23
up vote 5 down vote accepted
  1. I found 210 results on Google, most of which are either duplicates of each other or instances of the word in French.
  2. Ngrams (Google Books) has no instances.
  3. No online dictionary that I can find includes encomprise.
  4. I have never seen the word before.

Therefore, I strongly suspect that it is an eggcorn meaning encompass, but influenced by comprise. Encomprise is not an accepted word in modern English.

share|improve this answer
You have googled "encomprise". I've got results that are meaningful when googled "encomprises". Most of the results are from a non-english sites, so I can assume this is what non-native speakers, like myself, would logically "make up" for comprise. Still I am positive people in Missouri have used it. Thank you for the answer by the way. – Maxim V. Pavlov Jan 21 '12 at 0:42
Encomprise is not in Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828 editions). machaut.uchicago.edu/… – Wayfaring Stranger Jan 21 '12 at 1:03
A common form of this "verb" is encomprising which gets 130 actual results in Google Books, of which a high proportion seem to be by Indian or far Eastern authors. I'm not sure I'd say it's emerging Indian English as such - they're probably just more prone to the error. – FumbleFingers Jan 21 '12 at 2:33

The OED disavows any knowledge of it. Google is not a dictionary.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.