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circumscribe

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of circumscribe

  1. 1 to set bounds or an upper limit for circumscribed his enthusiasm so as not to make the losing side feel worse Synonyms of circumscribe cap, limit, confine, hold down, restrictWords Related to circumscribe bar, block, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; constrict, contract, lessen, narrow, pinch, squeeze, tighten; quell, repress, suppress; number; modify, qualifyNear Antonyms of circumscribe broaden, expand, widen; overextend, overreachAntonyms of circumscribe exceed

  2. 2 to mark the limits of Lake Michigan circumscribes the city of Chicago on the east Synonyms of circumscribe bound, limit, define, delimit, demarcate, demark, mark (off), terminateWords Related to circumscribe control, determine, govern; delineate, describe

Synonym Discussion of circumscribe

limit, restrict, circumscribe, confine mean to set bounds for. limit implies setting a point or line (as in time, space, speed, or degree) beyond which something cannot or is not permitted to go.
    • visits are limited to 30 minutes
restrict suggests a narrowing or tightening or restraining within or as if within an encircling boundary.
    • laws intended to restrict the freedom of the press
circumscribe stresses a restriction on all sides and by clearly defined boundaries.
    • the work of the investigating committee was carefully circumscribed
confine suggests severe restraint and a resulting cramping, fettering, or hampering.
    • our choices were confined by finances


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