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tr.v. cir·cum·vent·ed, cir·cum·vent·ing, cir·cum·vents
1. To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap.
2. To go around; bypass: circumvented the city.
3. To avoid or get around by artful maneuvering: circumvented the bureaucratic red tape.
[Middle 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 n.
1. to evade or go around
2. to outwit
3. (Military) to encircle (an enemy) so as to intercept or capture
[C15: from Latin circumvenīre, from circum- + venīre to come]
ˌcircumˈventer, ˌcircumˈventor n
cir•cum•vent(ˌsɜr kəmˈvɛnt, ˈsɜr kəmˌvɛnt)
1. to go around or bypass: to circumvent the lake; to circumvent a problem.
2. to avoid by artfulness; elude: to circumvent defeat.
3. to surround or encompass, as by stratagem; entrap.
[1545–55; < Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenīre to come around, surround =circum- circum- + venīre to come]
cir`cum•vent′er, cir`cum•ven′tor, n.
Past participle: circumvented
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|Verb||1.||circumvent - surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna"|
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
ebb - hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
|2.||circumvent - beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"|
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
|3.||circumvent - avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"|
beg - dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted; "beg the question"; "beg the point in the discussion"
quibble - evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her"
circumvent[ˌsɜːrkəmˈvɛnt] vt [+ rule, restriction] → contourner
vt → umgehen