- Finding a clever way to get around a large crowd is an example of circumvent.
- Seagulls circling around a couple picnicing on the beach is an example of to circumvent.
The definition of circumvent means to get around or surround someone or something.
- to surround or circle around
- to surround or encircle with evils, enmity, etc.; entrap
- to get the better of or prevent from happening by craft or ingenuity
- to avoid or evade
Origin of circumventfrom Classical Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenire from circum, around + venire, come
transitive verbcir·cum·vent·ed, cir·cum·vent·ing, cir·cum·vents
- To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap.
- To go around; bypass: circumvented the city.
- To avoid or get around by artful maneuvering: circumvented the bureaucratic red tape.
Origin of circumventMiddle English circumventen from Latin circumvenīre circumvent- circum- circum- venīre to go, come ; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
- cir′cum·vent′er cir′cum·ven′tor
(third-person singular simple present circumvents, present participle circumventing, simple past and past participle circumvented)