[ sur-kuhm-nav-i-geyt ]
See synonyms for: circumnavigatecircumnavigationcircumnavigator on

verb (used with object),cir·cum·nav·i·gat·ed, cir·cum·nav·i·gat·ing.
  1. to sail or fly around; make the circuit of by navigation:to circumnavigate the earth.

  2. to go or maneuver around: to circumnavigate the heavy downtown traffic.

Origin of circumnavigate

1625–35; <Latin circumnāvigātus (past participle of circumnāvigāre), equivalent to circum-circum- + nāvigātus;see navigate

Other words from circumnavigate

  • cir·cum·nav·i·ga·ble [sur-kuhm-nav-i-guh-buhl], /ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪ gə bəl/, adjective
  • cir·cum·nav·i·ga·tion, noun
  • cir·cum·nav·i·ga·tor, noun
  • cir·cum·nav·i·ga·to·ry [sur-kuhm-nav-i-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use circumnavigate in a sentence

  • This was the first circumnavigation of the globe and demonstrated the grandeur of the discovery made by Columbus.

    The Greater Republic | Charles Morris

British Dictionary definitions for circumnavigate


/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈnævɪˌɡeɪt) /

  1. (tr) to sail or fly completely around

Derived forms of circumnavigate

  • circumnavigable, adjective
  • circumnavigation, noun
  • circumnavigator, noun

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