- 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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Examples from the Web for circumvent
Actually, the guessing game is over; the weddings have begun, as have weird attempts to circumvent our constitutional democracy.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
Production relocation to Africa and South America have allowed Chinese enterprises to circumvent trade caps.'Made in China' Now Being Made in Africa
August 23, 2014
Instead, the report details an elaborate scheme to circumvent campaign finance laws.Ethics Office Sees Evidence Republican Congressman Broke the Law
June 11, 2014
Mainstream media like Hurriyet published tips of how to circumvent the restriction.Turkey’s Useless Twitter Ban
March 21, 2014
In some cases, that allowed the Justice Department to circumvent mandatory minimums.How Eric Holder Got His Chance to Overhaul Broken Sentencing System
August 16, 2013
I had thought that there might be some way to circumvent him.Her Father's Daughter
Caste feeling will come in and shield and circumvent and get behind the law.Lotus Buds
But Kennedy was an open enemy, and had a right to circumvent us if he could.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
We'll circumvent the old fellow, unless he's sharper than I think he is.Paul Prescott's Charge
To lie, to deceive, to circumvent even the basest of mankind was odious to him.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
- to evade or go around
- to outwit
- to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
Word Origin and History for circumvent
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.