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circumscribe

verb uk   /ˈsɜː.kəm.skraɪb/ us    /ˈsɝː-/
[T often passive] formal to limit something: Their movements have been severely circumscribed since the laws came into effect. There followed a series of tightly circumscribed visits to military installations. [T] specialized mathematics If you circumscribe a triangle, square, etc., you draw a circle that surrounds it and touches each of its corners.
Translations of “circumscribe”
in Chinese (Traditional) 控制, 限制, 抑制…
in Chinese (Simplified) 控制, 限制, 抑制…
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