Definition of circumscribe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    circumscribe

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈsərkəmˌskraɪb//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they circumscribe
     
    he / she / it circumscribes
     
    past simple circumscribed
     
    -ing form circumscribing
     
     
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  1. 1[often passive] circumscribe something (formal) to limit someone's or something's freedom, rights, power, etc. synonym restrict The power of the monarchy was circumscribed by the new law.
  2. 2circumscribe something (technology) to draw a circle around another shape
circumscription
 
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NAmE//ˌsərkəmˈskrɪpʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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