[ sur-kuh m-nav-i-geyt ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), cir·cum·nav·i·gat·ed, cir·cum·nav·i·gat·ing.

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

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

Related forms

cir·cum·nav·i·ga·ble [sur-kuh m-nav-i-guh-buh l] /ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪ gə bəl/, adjectivecir·cum·nav·i·ga·tion, nouncir·cum·nav·i·ga·tor, nouncir·cum·nav·i·ga·to·ry [sur-kuh m-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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for circumnavigation


/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈnævɪˌɡeɪt) /


(tr) to sail or fly completely around

Derived Forms

circumnavigable, adjectivecircumnavigation, nouncircumnavigator, noun
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