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circumscribe

cir·cum·scribe

circumscribe

 
 
pronunciation:
suhr km skraIb
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: circumscribed, circumscribes, circumscribing
definition 1: to draw a line around.
similar words:
circle, delineate, outline, surround
definition 2: to keep within bounds; confine; restrict.
Our freedom is circumscribed by laws.
synonyms:
bound, confine, limit, restrict
antonyms:
dilate
similar words:
bind, bridle, constrain, curb, narrow, restrain, stay, surround, trammel
definition 3: to determine, mark, or specify the limits of; delimit; define.
synonyms:
bound, define, delimit, demarcate
similar words:
determine, limit, mark, stake
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derivations: circumscribable (adj.), circumscription (n.)
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