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  • 1 Circumscribe — Cir cum*scribe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circumscribed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circumscribing}.] [L. circumscribere, scriptum; circum + scribere to write, draw. See {Soribe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. to write or engrave around. [R.] [1913 Webster] Thereon is… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 circumscribe — I (define) verb border, circumscribere, definire, delimit, delineate, demarcate, demark, determine, distinguish, establish, outline II (surround by boundary) verb begird, belt, border, bound, circuit, circumvallate, cloister, close around, close… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 circumscribe — (v.) late 14c., from L. circumscribere to make a circle, to draw a line around, limit, confine, set the boundaries of, from circum around (see CIRCUM (Cf. circum )) + scribere write (see SCRIPT (Cf. script)). Related: Circumscribed;… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 circumscribe — confine, *limit, restrict Analogous words: *restrain, inhibit, curb, check: *hamper, trammel, fetter Antonyms: expand, dilate Contrasted words: distend, amplify, inflate, swell (see EXPAND): enlarge (see INCREASE vb) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 circumscribe — [v] mark off, delimit bar, bound, confine, define, delineate, demarcate, encircle, enclose, encompass, environ, girdle, hamper, hem in*, limit, nail down*, outline, prelimit, restrain, restrict, surround, trammel; concepts 18,130 Ant. free, loose …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 circumscribe — ► VERB 1) restrict; limit. 2) Geometry draw (a figure) round another, touching it at points but not cutting it. DERIVATIVES circumscription noun. ORIGIN Latin circumscribere, from circum around + scribere write …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 circumscribe — [sʉr′kəm skrīb΄, sʉr΄kəm skrīb′] vt. circumscribed, circumscribing [ME circumscriben < L circumscribere: see CIRCUM & SCRIBE] 1. to trace a line around; encircle; encompass 2. a) to set or mark off the limits of; limit; confine …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 circumscribe — verb the power of the local agency has been circumscribed by the national organization Syn: restrict, limit, keep within bounds, curb, confine, restrain; regulate, control •• circumscribe, encircle, enclose, encompass, envelop, surround Strictly… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 9 circumscribe — circumscribable, adj. circumscriber, n. /serr keuhm skruyb , serr keuhm skruyb /, v.t., circumscribed, circumscribing. 1. to draw a line around; encircle: to circumscribe a city on a map. 2. to enclose within bounds; limit or confine, esp.… …

    Universalium

  • 10 circumscribe — UK [ˈsɜː(r)kəmˌskraɪb] / US [ˈsɜrkəmˌskraɪb] verb [transitive] Word forms circumscribe : present tense I/you/we/they circumscribe he/she/it circumscribes present participle circumscribing past tense circumscribed past participle circumscribed 1)… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 circumscribe — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English circumscriven, from Latin circumscribere, from circum + scribere to write, draw more at scribe Date: 14th century 1. a. to constrict the range or activity of definitely and clearly < his role was …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 circumscribe — verb /ˈsɜː.kəm.skɹaɪb,ˈsɝ.kəm.skɹaɪb/ a) To draw a line around; to encircle. b) To limit narrowly; to restrict. See Also: scribe …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 circumscribe — Synonyms and related words: abate, abbreviate, adjust to, alter, assuage, bar, bound, box, box in, box up, circle in, coarct, compact, compress, concentrate, condense, condition, confine, consolidate, constrict, constringe, contract, cramp,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 circumscribe — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To trace a line around] Syn. encircle, encompass, girdle; see circle , surround 1 . 2. [To limit] Syn. restrict, bound, confine; see define 1 , limit , restrict 2 . See Synonym Study at limit . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 circumscribe — cir|cum|scribe [ˈsə:kəmskraıb US ˈsə:r ] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: circumscribere, from circum ( CIRCUM ) + scribere to write, draw ] 1.) [often passive] formal to limit power, rights, or abilities = ↑restrict ▪ The President s… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 circumscribe — cir|cum|scribe [ sɜrkəm,skraıb ] verb transitive 1. ) usually passive to limit something such as power, rights, or opportunities: Armstrong was the company president, though his powers were circumscribed. 2. ) TECHNICAL to draw a line around… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 circumscribe — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)kəmskraɪb[/t]] circumscribes, circumscribing, circumscribed VERB If someone s power or freedom is circumscribed, it is limited or restricted. [FORMAL] [be V ed] The army evidently fears that, under him, its activities would be severely …

    English dictionary

  • 18 circumscribe — cir·cum·scribe || sɜːkÉ™mskraɪb v. surround, encircle; restrict …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 circumscribe —    To draw a line or lines around something; to encircle, as when enclosing (perhaps a polygon or polyhedron ) within lines, curves, or surfaces. To determine the limits of; to define or restrict …

    Glossary of Art Terms

  • 20 circumscribe — verb 1》 restrict; limit. 2》 Geometry draw (a figure) round another, touching it at points but not cutting it. Compare with inscribe. Derivatives circumscriber noun circumscription noun Origin ME: from L. circumscribere, from circum around +… …

    English new terms dictionary