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[sur-kuh m-vent, sur-kuh m-vent] /ˌsɜr kəmˈvɛnt, ˈsɜr kəmˌvɛnt/
verb (used with object)
to go around or bypass:
to circumvent the lake; to circumvent the real issues.
to avoid (defeat, failure, unpleasantness, etc.) by artfulness or deception; avoid by anticipating or outwitting:
He circumvented capture by anticipating their movements.
to surround or encompass, as by stratagem; entrap:
to circumvent a body of enemy troops.
Origin of circumvent
1545-55; < Latin circumventus (past participle of circumvenīre to come around, surround, oppress, defraud), equivalent to circum- circum- + ven(īre) to come + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
circumventer, circumventor, noun
circumvention, noun
circumventive, adjective
uncircumvented, adjective
2. escape, elude, evade, outwit. 3. encircle; ensnare. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to evade or go around
to outwit
to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
Derived Forms
circumventer, circumventor, noun
circumvention, noun
circumventive, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin circumvenīre, from circum- + venīre to come
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Word Origin and History for circumventing



mid-15c., "to surround by hostile stratagem," from Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenire "to get around, be around, encircle, surround," in figurative sense "to oppress, assail, cheat," from circum "around" (see circum-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Meaning "to go round" is from 1840. Related: Circumvented; circumventing.

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