1. To reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
2. Lessen, diminish, or curtail; SYN. foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract, reduce.
To form the boundary of; be contiguous to; SYN. border.
Sinonimi: check up on | look into | check out | suss out | check over | go over | check into | check out | retard | turn back | arrest | stop | contain | hold back | check off | mark | mark off | tick off | checker | chequer | chink
1. To examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; SYN. check up on, look into, check out, suss out, check over, go over, check into.
2. To be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; SYN. check out.
3. To make an examination or investigation.
4. To verify by consulting a source or authority.
5. To arrest the motion (of something) abruptly.
6. To slow the growth or development of; SYN. retard, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back.
7. To stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution.
8. To hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping.
9. To put a check mark on or next to; SYN. check off, mark, mark off, tick off.
10. To consign for shipment on a vehicle, as of luggage.
11. To mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on; SYN. checker, chequer.
12. To make cracks or chinks in; SYN. chink.
13. To place into check in a game of chess.
14. To block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey.
15. To stop in a chase esp. when scent is lost.
16. To decline to initiate betting, in poker.
17. To abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons.
1. To cut the foreskin off male babies or teenage boys.
2. To cut the skin over the clitoris.
1. To draw a line around.
2. To draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect.
3. Enclose; limit.
4. In geometry, to surround a figure with a circle which passes through all the vertices of the figure. Any triangle may be circumscribed and so may any regular polygon. Only certain quadrilaterals may be circumscribed (their opposite angles must add up to 180ş.
1. To bring to a close.
2. To reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation; SYN. resolve.
1. To deprive of freedom; take into confinement; SYN. detain.
2. To prevent from leaving or from being removed.
1. Limit, circumscribe
2. To enlist forcibly; conscript
Sinonimi: To compel; force; drive; impel; urge; press
1. To secure by bonds; to chain; to hold tightly.
2. To bring into a narrow compass; to compress.
3. To hold back by force; to restrain; to repress.
4. To compel; to force; to necessiate; to oblige.
5. To produce in such a manner as to give an unnatural effet; SYN. To compel; force; drive; impel; urge; press.
1. To be capable of holding or containing; SYN. take, hold.
2. To be divisible by.
To secure with a cramp.
To keep in check; to restrain.
To keep to the curb.
ETYM Latin delimitare: cf. French délimiter.
1. To fix the limits of; to demarcate; to bound.
2. To fix boundaries of.
Mark limits of, demarcate; restrict, circumscribe
To restrict or confine, as to area, extent, time, etc.; SYN. circumscribe, confine.
(Alternate spelling: localise).
1. To concentrate on a particular place or spot.
2. To restrict something to a particular area; SYN. localise.
1. To add a modifier to a constituent; in grammar; SYN. qualify.
2. To make modifications (to)
1. Compress, squeeze
2. To be miserly or closefisted
3. To press painfully
4. Narrow, taper
5. To squeeze tightly between the fingers; SYN. vellicate, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitch.
6. To sail too close to the wind
1. To hold back; SYN. encumber, cumber, constrain.
2. To keep under control; SYN. keep, keep back, hold back.
3. To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; SYN. confine, hold.
1. To place limits on; SYN. restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle.
2. To place restrictions on; SYN. curtail, curb, cut back.
3. To place under restrictions; limit access to; SYN. limit.
1. To make a reduction, as in one's workforce
2. To tighten one's belt; use resources carefully.
3. Reduce; economize.
ETYM Prov. Eng. and Colloq. U.S.
To work hastily or carelessly; deal with inadequately and superficially; SYN. scant.
Sinonimi: narrow | narrow down
(Alternate spelling: specialise).
1. To become more special; SYN. narrow, narrow down.
2. To devote oneself to a special area of work.
3. To suit to a special purpose.
To supply sparingly, with a meager allowance; SYN. skimp, scant.
To squeeze together.
To have end in a certain location; either spatial or metaphorical; SYN. stop.
To tie with a tether