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cir·cum·vent

 (sûr′kəm-vĕnt′)
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.
cir′cum·ven′tion n.
cir′cum·ven′tive adj.

circumvent

(ˌsɜːkəmˈvɛnt)
vb (tr)
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
ˌcircumˈvention n
ˌcircumˈventive adj

cir•cum•vent

(ˌsɜr kəmˈvɛnt, ˈsɜr kəmˌvɛnt)

v.t.
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.
cir`cum•ven′tion, n.
cir`cum•ven′tive, adj.

circumvent


Past participle: circumvented
Gerund: circumventing

Imperative
circumvent
circumvent
Present
I circumvent
you circumvent
he/she/it circumvents
we circumvent
you circumvent
they circumvent
Preterite
I circumvented
you circumvented
he/she/it circumvented
we circumvented
you circumvented
they circumvented
Present Continuous
I am circumventing
you are circumventing
he/she/it is circumventing
we are circumventing
you are circumventing
they are circumventing
Present Perfect
I have circumvented
you have circumvented
he/she/it has circumvented
we have circumvented
you have circumvented
they have circumvented
Past Continuous
I was circumventing
you were circumventing
he/she/it was circumventing
we were circumventing
you were circumventing
they were circumventing
Past Perfect
I had circumvented
you had circumvented
he/she/it had circumvented
we had circumvented
you had circumvented
they had circumvented
Future
I will circumvent
you will circumvent
he/she/it will circumvent
we will circumvent
you will circumvent
they will circumvent
Future Perfect
I will have circumvented
you will have circumvented
he/she/it will have circumvented
we will have circumvented
you will have circumvented
they will have circumvented
Future Continuous
I will be circumventing
you will be circumventing
he/she/it will be circumventing
we will be circumventing
you will be circumventing
they will be circumventing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been circumventing
you have been circumventing
he/she/it has been circumventing
we have been circumventing
you have been circumventing
they have been circumventing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been circumventing
you will have been circumventing
he/she/it will have been circumventing
we will have been circumventing
you will have been circumventing
they will have been circumventing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been circumventing
you had been circumventing
he/she/it had been circumventing
we had been circumventing
you had been circumventing
they had been circumventing
Conditional
I would circumvent
you would circumvent
he/she/it would circumvent
we would circumvent
you would circumvent
they would circumvent
Past Conditional
I would have circumvented
you would have circumvented
he/she/it would have circumvented
we would have circumvented
you would have circumvented
they would have circumvented
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.circumvent - surround so as to force to give upcircumvent - 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"
seal off, blockade - impose a blockade on
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 witcircumvent - 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"
outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surpass, exceed, surmount - be or do something to a greater degree; "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; "She outdoes all other athletes"; "This exceeds all my expectations"; "This car outperforms all others in its class"
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

verb
1. (Formal) evade, bypass, elude, steer clear of, sidestep Military rulers tried to circumvent the treaty.
2. outwit, trick, mislead, thwart, deceive, dupe, beguile, outflank, hoodwink It is a veiled attempt to change gun laws by circumventing legislators.

circumvent

verb
1. To pass around but not through:
2. To keep away from:
Idioms: fight shy of, give a wide berth to, have no truck with, keep clear of.
Translations

circumvent

[ˌsɜːkəmˈvent] VT [+ law, rule] → burlar; [+ difficulty, obstacle] → salvar, evitar

circumvent

[ˌsɜːrkəmˈvɛnt] vt [+ rule, restriction] → contourner

circumvent

vtumgehen

circumvent

[ˌsɜːkəmˈvɛnt] vt (frm) (rule) → aggirare
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Offer your prayers to Him who can give us wisdom to circumvent the cunning of the devils who fill these woods," calmly interrupted the scout, "but spare your offers of money, which neither you may live to realize, nor I to profit by.
Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies
they must circumvent arid Nature exactly as I circumvent sordid Man.
For an hour the girl and the man tried to find some means whereby they might circumvent the beast's ill directed guardianship, but all to no avail; Tantor stood his ground in grim determination to let no one approach Korak.
Nevertheless our experience has been that those princes who have done great things have held good faith of little account, and have known how to circumvent the intellect of men by craft, and in the end have overcome those who have relied on their word.
Perchance they were seeking some method to circumvent the forest people.
He had formed several ingenious plans by which he meant to circumvent people of large fortune and small faculty; but then he never met with exactly the right circumstances.
I passed out of the room, reflecting that it would not be easy to circumvent her.
He had made quite a study of the cracksman's craft, in a resolve to circumvent it with his own.
If a man found himself so rich- natured that he could enter into strict relations with the best persons and make life serene around him by the dignity and sweetness of his behavior, could he afford to circumvent the favor of the caucus and the press, and covet relations so hollow and pompous as those of a politician?
When within about five hundred yards of us, the main or centre column halted at the root of a tongue of open plain which ran up into the hill, to give time to the other divisions to circumvent our position, which was shaped more or less in the form of a horse-shoe, with its two points facing towards the town of Loo.
Miss Chalice, who had a clever dexterity which impressed Lawson notwithstanding his contempt for feminine art, started a picture in which she tried to circumvent the commonplace by leaving out the tops of the trees; and Lawson had the brilliant idea of putting in his foreground a large blue advertisement of chocolat Menier in order to emphasise his abhorrence of the chocolate box.