circumvent

[ sur-kuhm-vent, sur-kuhm-vent ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈvɛnt, ˈsɜr kəmˌvɛnt /

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. circumstantiate,
  2. circumstellar,
  3. circumterrestrial,
  4. circumvallate,
  5. circumvallate papilla,
  6. circumvention,
  7. circumventricular organ,
  8. circumvolute,
  9. circumvolution,
  10. circumvolve

Origin of circumvent

1545–55; < Latin circumventus (past participle of circumvenīre to come around, surround, oppress, defraud), equivalent to circum- circum- + ven(īre) to come + -tus past participle suffix

Related formscir·cum·vent·er, cir·cum·ven·tor, nouncir·cum·ven·tion, nouncir·cum·ven·tive, adjectiveun·cir·cum·vent·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for circumvention

circumvent

/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈvɛnt) /

verb (tr)

to evade or go around
to outwit
to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
Derived Formscircumventer or circumventor, nouncircumvention, nouncircumventive, adjective

Word Origin for circumvent

C15: from Latin circumvenīre, from circum- + venīre to come

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