- 1[often passive] circumscribe something (formal) to limit somebody/something’s freedom, rights, power, etc. synonym restrict The power of the monarchy was circumscribed by the new law. They are still highly circumscribed in their authority.
- 2circumscribe something (specialist) to draw a circle around another shape Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin circumscribere, from circum
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkəmskraɪb//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they circumscribe
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkəmskraɪb//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪb//he / she / it circumscribes
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkəmskraɪbz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪbz//past simple circumscribed
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkəmskraɪbd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪbd//past participle circumscribed
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkəmskraɪbd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪbd//-ing form circumscribing
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkəmskraɪbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkəmskraɪbɪŋ//