limit; confine; encompass; encircle
In order to circumscribe the spread of the epidemic, health officials ordered that no one should be allowed to enter or exit the city.
circum (around)#scribere (to write) (Latin)
Lakshman drew a circle around Sita's hut to circumscribe (LIMIT, RESTRICT) her remember circumference. we restrict ourself around a circle. scribed in a circle, or limited region circumscribe -> circle + scribe (a writer of manuscripts); so circumscribe means a person writing around the same lines or topic.