circumscribe - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/ˈsɜː(r)kəmˌskraɪb/
present tense
I/you/we/theycircumscribe
he/she/itcircumscribes
present participlecircumscribing
past tensecircumscribed
past participlecircumscribed
  1. 1
    [usually passive] to limit something such as power, rights, or opportunities

    Armstrong was the company president, though his powers were circumscribed.

  2. 2
    formal to draw a line around something

derived word

circumscription

 

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/ˌsɜː(r)kəmˈskrɪpʃ(ə)n/
noun [uncountable]