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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sur-kuh m-skrahyb, sur-kuh m-skrahyb]
    • /ˈsɜr kəmˌskraɪb, ˌsɜr kəmˈskraɪb/
    • /ˈsɜː.kəm.skraɪb/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sur-kuh m-skrahyb, sur-kuh m-skrahyb]
    • /ˈsɜr kəmˌskraɪb, ˌsɜr kəmˈskraɪb/

Definitions of circumscribe word

  • verb circumscribe If someone's power or freedom is circumscribed, it is limited or restricted. 3
  • verb circumscribe to restrict within limits 3
  • verb circumscribe to mark or set the bounds of 3
  • verb circumscribe to draw a geometric construction around (another construction) so that the two are in contact but do not intersect 3
  • verb circumscribe to draw a line round 3
  • verb transitive circumscribe to trace a line around; encircle; encompass 3

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Origin of circumscribe

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin circumscrībere, equivalent to circum- circum- + scrībere to write

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Parts of speech for Circumscribe


circumscribe popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 54% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for circumscribe

verb circumscribe

  • delineate — If you delineate something such as an idea or situation, you describe it or define it, often in a lot of detail.
  • bar — A bar is a place where you can buy and drink alcoholic drinks.
  • outline — the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded; contour.
  • trammel — Usually, trammels. a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint: the trammels of custom.
  • girdle — a lightweight undergarment, worn especially by women, often partly or entirely of elastic or boned, for supporting and giving a slimmer appearance to the abdomen, hips, and buttocks.

Antonyms for circumscribe

verb circumscribe

  • unloose — to loosen or relax (the grasp, hold, fingers, etc.).
  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • release — to lease again.

Top questions with circumscribe

  • how to circumscribe a triangle?
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