- 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 circumventing
These same companies have also been adept at circumventing user privacy and avoiding their tax obligations.Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes
April 25, 2014
And we're clever, which means we're good at circumventing rules, especially if the rules are easy to circumvent in the fist place.I Was Adam Lanza, Part 3
December 23, 2012
One new law is aimed at circumventing court decisions that blocked a form of housing discrimination against Arab citizens.Israel Needs a Palestinian State
September 19, 2011
I was circumventing Kurtz as though it had been a boyish game.Heart of Darkness
Was it possible that I had been followed by Wickham, who took these means of circumventing me?A Master of Mysteries
L. T. Meade
But he did enjoy the idea of meeting that knave and circumventing him.
He is put to his wits' end in checkmating and circumventing him.Hubert's Wife
Minnie Mary Lee
The other day I had the pleasure of circumventing a couple of lapwings.Birds of the Plains
- to evade or go around
- to outwit
- to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
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.