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Synonyms for compass
ˈkʌm pəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compass(noun)

    navigational instrument for finding directions

    range, reach, ambit, grasp, orbit, scope

  2. scope, range, reach, orbit, compass, ambit(noun)

    an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"

    "a piano has a greater range than the human voice"; "the ambit of municipal legislation"; "within the compass of this article"; "within the scope of an investigation"; "outside the reach of the law"; "in the political orbit of a world power"

    oscilloscope, background, sphere, electron orbit, scope, ambit, range, stove, eye socket, kitchen range, setting, area, range of a function, orbital cavity, grasp, cooking stove, chain, mountain range, reaching, range of mountains, stretch, kitchen stove, chain of mountains, cathode-ray oscilloscope, mountain chain, image, telescope, reach, domain, cranial orbit, arena, field, orbit, celestial orbit

  3. compass, range, reach, grasp(noun)

    the limit of capability

    "within the compass of education"

    clutch, chain, appreciation, clench, orbit, reach, range of mountains, ambit, clutches, hold, range of a function, range, image, kitchen range, stretch, chain of mountains, kitchen stove, scope, clasp, reaching, mountain chain, grip, grasp, cooking stove, stove, mountain range

  4. compass(verb)

    drafting instrument used for drawing circles

    range, reach, ambit, grasp, orbit, scope

  5. compass(verb)

    bring about; accomplish

    "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

    dig, circumnavigate, savvy, grok, apprehend, get the picture, comprehend, grasp

  6. circumnavigate, compass(verb)

    travel around, either by plane or ship

    "We compassed the earth"

    dig, circumnavigate, savvy, apprehend, grok, get the picture, comprehend, grasp

  7. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend(verb)

    get the meaning of something

    "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"

    quail at, delve, embrace, toil, grind, dig, nail, drudge, moil, encompass, dig up, arrest, jab, poke, cut into, nab, collar, grasp, prod, travail, labour, get the picture, hollow, stab, apprehend, cop, hold on, comprehend, turn over, excavate, pick up, perceive, cover, savvy, labor, grok, circumnavigate, dig out


  1. compass(verb)

    cover, encircle, reach, conspire, traverse, plot, get, accomplish, attain, surround, scheme, gain, achieve, environ

  2. compass(verb)

    To surround; to encircle; to environ; to stretch round.

    conspire, scheme, cover, attain, encircle, traverse, gain, achieve, surround, environ, accomplish, plot, get, reach

  3. compass(verb)

    To go about or round entirely; to traverse.

    cover, conspire, encircle, environ, traverse, surround, accomplish, plot, attain, gain, reach, achieve, scheme, get

  4. compass(verb)

    To accomplish; to reach; to achieve; to obtain.

    attain, surround, environ, encircle, scheme, accomplish, cover, reach, traverse, plot, get, achieve, conspire, gain

  5. compass(verb)

    To plot; to scheme (against someone).

    attain, achieve, gain, plot, environ, scheme, surround, get, conspire, traverse, cover, encircle, accomplish, reach

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compass

    A person may obtain a situation by the intercession of friends, he procures a dinner by paying for it. Attain is a lofty word, pointing to some high or desirable result; a man attains the mountain summit, he attains honor or learning as the result of strenuous and earnest labor. Even that usage of attain which has been thought to refer to mere progress of time carries the thought of a result desired; as, to attain to old age; the man desires to live to a good old age; we should not speak of his attaining his dotage. One may attain an object that will prove not worth his labor, but what he achieves is in itself great and splendid; as, the Greeks at Marathon achieved a glorious victory. Compare DO; GET; REACH.

    accomplish, achieve, acquire, arrive at, attain, earn, gain, get, grasp, master, obtain, procure, reach, secure, win

    abandon, fail, forfeit, give up, let go, lose, miss

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. compass(n)

    area, enclosure, circuit, circumference, horizon

    common, space, tract, expanse, boundlessness, limitlessness, indefiniteness

  2. compass(v)

    encompass, surround, enclose, environ, circumscribe, embrace, achieve, effect, effectuate, consummate, complete, circumvent

    expand, disband, unfold, amplify, display, dismiss, liberate, discard, fail, bungle, botch, misconceive, mismanage, misconstrue

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. compass(v. a.)

    encompass, environ, surround, encircle, enclose, engird, compass about

  2. compass(v. a.)

    besiege, invest, beset, hem in, hedge in, wall in, lay siege to

  3. compass(v. a.)

    attain, obtain, procure, accomplish, effect, perform, achieve, consummate, realize, carry, bring about, bring to pass

  4. compass(v. a.)

    (Law.) meditate, contrive, plot, purpose, intend, devise

  5. compass(n.)

    stretch, reach, extent, range

  6. compass(n.)

    circuit, round, circular course

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. compass(n)

    Associated words:
    binnacle, gimbal

  2. compass(n)

    extent, reach, sweep

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "compass":

    compas, boussole, kompas

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How to use compass in a sentence?

  1. Joseph Addison:

    Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.

  2. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid:

    Grayson claims to be a progressive, but it seems like he has no moral compass. These deeply troubling allegations should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate.

  3. Yucef Merhi:

    Compassion is the divine compass

  4. Susan Rose-Ackerman:

    It is reflective of his own moral compass. It is showing the way in which he thinks about his role as president, it isn't tied so much to a million dollars here or a million dollars there. It's tied to his perspective about what it means to be president -- that he sees it as giving him free range to do things.

  5. William E. Channing:

    It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.

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