V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to encircle, confine, or limit something
Synonyms: encircle, draw, limit, restrict, confine
Antonyms: free, disentangle, liberate, unravel, extricate
Tips: Circumscribe is derived from the Latin circumscribere, "to draw a line around, limit, confine." This idea of drawing a circle around something has come to denote setting limits. Think of being limited and confined to what is in the circle. Use circumscribe as a more sophisticated way of saying limit, restrict, or confine.
The Civil War began when the South tried to secede from the Union and circumscribe their own, separate states. (encircle, draw)
My wife has circumscribed my number of "guys-nights" to 3 nights a month. (limited, restricted)
The special forces team circumscribed the terrorist camp before attacking the enemy. (surrounded)
When we set up camp, we circumscribed the fire pit with large rocks. (surrounded, confined)
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