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circumscribe

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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circumscribecir‧cum‧scribe /ˈsɜːkəmskraɪb $ ˈsɜːr-/ verb [transitive]  1 formalLIMIT to limit power, rights, or abilities syn restrict The president’s power is circumscribed by Congress and the Supreme Court.2 HM technical to draw a line around something a circle circumscribed by a square Grammar Circumscribe is usually passive.
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Examples from the Corpus
circumscribeHe could hardly be more circumscribed.Otherwise, each had separately recognized, the future was circumscribed.Their autonomy, it is true, was carefully circumscribed.Without ciphers and diplomatic bags, espionage and counter-espionage actions were likely to be circumscribed.All matter in the universe is encased in a spherical shell with clearly circumscribed boundaries.In the middle of the drawing was a circle circumscribed by a square.The church's role was tightly circumscribed by the new government.Travel is only one of many instances of circumscribed existence.But they are still highly circumscribed in their authority, and wholly dependent upon their salaried employment.
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Verb table
circumscribe
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycircumscribe
he, she, itcircumscribes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycircumscribed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave circumscribed
he, she, ithas circumscribed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad circumscribed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill circumscribe
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have circumscribed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam circumscribing
he, she, itis circumscribing
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you, we, theyare circumscribing
Past
I, he, she, itwas circumscribing
you, we, theywere circumscribing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been circumscribing
he, she, ithas been circumscribing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been circumscribing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be circumscribing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been circumscribing
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