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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To draw line around. Also: To hold within limits.

Usage examples (38)
  • The artist will circumscribe the painting with just one red line.
  • Reveals that the CIA sought to "circumscribe" a policy of humane detainee treatment "so as to limit its application to the CIA."
  • I think you have to circumscribe the locus of action.
  • The Arctic islands circumscribe a variety of oceanic conditions. for more
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