circumvent

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EtymologyEdit

Latin circum (about) + venire (to come)

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /səːkəmˈvɛnt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

VerbEdit

circumvent (third-person singular simple present circumvents, present participle circumventing, simple past and past participle circumvented)

  1. (transitive) to avoid or get around something; to bypass
  2. (transitive) to surround or besiege
  3. (transitive) to outwit or outsmart
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, pages 279-280:
      We are mortified by not being thought worthy of trust; and there is also a feeling of small triumph in circumventing those who doubt either our inclination or our power of service.

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