- to sail or fly around; make the circuit of by navigation: to circumnavigate the earth.
- to go or maneuver around: to circumnavigate the heavy downtown traffic.
Origin of circumnavigate
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Examples from the Web for circumnavigate
What happened to Earhart when she disappeared while attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 1937?Amelia Earhart: New Documentary Searches Underwater for Pilot and Her Plane
August 17, 2012
Magellan starts on his expedition to circumnavigate the world.
The next moment he had set out to circumnavigate, as it were.His "Day In Court"
Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
She really ought to be the first to circumnavigate Havnholme.Viking Boys
Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
If the wind should prove favourable we hoped to circumnavigate the island.James Braithwaite, the Supercargo
He must circumnavigate the vessel or the vortex if she were sunk.The Incendiary
W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
- (tr) to sail or fly completely around
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Word Origin and History for circumnavigate
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