- The definition of circumvent means to get around or surround someone or something.
- 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.
- 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
Origin: ; from Classical Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenire ; from circum, around plush venire, come
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transitive verb cir·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: She planned a way to circumvent all the bureaucratic red tape.
Origin: Middle English circumventen, from Latin circumvenīre, circumvent- : circum-, circum- + venīre, to go, come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
- cirˌcum·ventˈer, cirˌcum·venˈtor noun
- cirˌcum·venˈtion noun
- cirˌcum·venˈtive adjective