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circumvent

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

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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
cir·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 circumvent

circumvent
/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈvɛnt) /

verb (tr)

to evade or go around
to outwit
to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
circumventer or circumventor, nouncircumvention, nouncircumventive, adjective
C15: from Latin circumvenīre, from circum- + venīre to come
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