What does the word circumscribe mean?

Usage examples for circumscribe

  1. Furthermore, the fact of her husband being out of work tended to still further circumscribe the limits of her generosity. – Mary, Mary by James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum
  2. Forces are at work which circumscribe national autonomy and compel each nation to act with reference to the will of others. – American World Policies by Walter E. Weyl