Circumscribe - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪb|  American pronunciation of the word circumscribe
Brit.  |ˈsəːkəmskrʌɪb|  British pronunciation of the word circumscribe

verb

- draw a line around
- restrict or confine within limits(syn: limit)

our actions are circumscribed by our biology, personality, and by the social and cultural context into which we are born

- to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect

Examples

The circle is circumscribed by a square.

...circumscribed his enthusiasm so as not to make the losing side feel worse...

The President's power is circumscribed by Congress and the Supreme Court.

a circle circumscribed by a square

our actions are circumscribed by our biology, personality, and by the social and cultural context into which we are born

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: circumscribe
he/she/it: circumscribes
present participle: circumscribing
past tense: circumscribed
past participle: circumscribed
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