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compass

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1 a guiding or motivating purpose or principle

  • a young go-getter who lost his moral compass in the course of his quest for fame and fortune
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2 an area over which activity, capacity, or influence extends

  • within the compass of my voice
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3 the line or relatively narrow space that marks the outer limit of something

  • within the compass of the city walls
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range, gamut, compass, sweep, scope, orbit mean the extent that lies within the powers of something (as to cover or control). range is a general term indicating the extent of one's perception or the extent of powers, capacities, or possibilities.
    • the entire range of human experience
gamut suggests a graduated series running from one possible extreme to another.
    • a performance that ran the gamut of emotions
compass implies a sometimes limited extent of perception, knowledge, or activity.
    • your concerns lie beyond the narrow compass of this study
sweep suggests extent, often circular or arc-shaped, of motion or activity.
    • the book covers the entire sweep of criminal activity
scope is applicable to an area of activity, predetermined and limited, but somewhat flexible.
    • as time went on, the scope of the investigation widened
orbit suggests an often circumscribed range of activity or influence within which forces work toward accommodation.
    • within that restricted orbit they tried to effect social change

compass

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1 to carry through (as a process) to completion

  • attempting more than his modest abilities could compass
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go through

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2 to travel completely around

  • the great age of exploration, when ships of sail compassed the earth
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3 to engage in a secret plan to accomplish evil or unlawful ends

  • the rebels are compassing the assassination of the king
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4 to form a circle around

  • a mysterious isle, compassed by treacherous seas
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5 to have a clear idea of

  • the concept that the earth is billions of years old is one that the average mind struggles to compass
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pick up on

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