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  1. [noun] navigational instrument for finding directions

  2. [noun] an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control: "the range of a supersonic jet"; "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"
    Synonyms: scope, range, reach, orbit, ambit

  3. [noun] the limit of capability; "within the compass of education"
    Synonyms: range, reach, grasp

  4. [noun] drafting instrument used for drawing circles

  5. [verb] bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"

  6. [verb] travel around, either by plane or ship; "We compassed the earth"
    Synonyms: circumnavigate

  7. [verb] get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
    Synonyms: get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, apprehend


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