- 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
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- to evade or go around
- to outwit
- to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
Word Origin and History for circumventor
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.