(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 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
to draw a line around, to set limits.
Points of interest on the map were circumscribed.
1. enclose circle, encircle, surround, outline, encompass.
2. bind confine, limit, restrict, restrain, prohibit, check, hem in, curb, impede, demarcate.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To place a limit on: confine, limit, restrict. See LIMITED.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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