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Definition of circumscribe:

  1. To draw a line around so as to touch at certain points without cutting. See Inscribe, 5.
  2. To inclose within a certain limit; to hem in; to surround; to bound; to confine; to restrain.
  3. to write or engrave around.

Synonyms:

hold, suppress, determine, detain, set, bound, keep down, enclose, keep back, repress, encompass, throttle, limit, hinder, keep, hold back, circle, fix, girdle, confine, specify, limited, define, curb, constrain, trammel, restrict, check, surround, hold in, abridge, withhold, keep in, restrain, keep under, encircle, bridle.

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