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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He forced his arguments on, jumping gaps, circumventing difficulties or problems.
▪ Only rarely, therefore, can we identify examples of agencies set up explicitly to circumvent problems of this kind.
▪ I had no intention of violating or circumventing Senate rules.
▪ But unfortunately the Act is framed in such a way as to permit it to be circumvented.
▪ By setting up such a system yourself, you are potentially circumventing any security systems your company has in place.
▪ He forced his arguments on, jumping gaps, circumventing difficulties or problems.
▪ He had a deep contempt for the bureaucratic mind and took particular delight in circumventing bureaucratic obstruction.
▪ It seems that the new law can be circumvented by local entities.
▪ Lastly, if the screening router is circumvented by a hacker, the rest of the network is open to attack.
▪ Then began the ceremony of circumventing the city.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Circumvent \Cir`cum*vent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumvented; p. pr. & vb. n. Circumventing.] [L. circumventis, p. p. of circumvenire, to come around, encompass, deceive; circum + venire to come, akin to E. come.] To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to decieve; to delude; to get around.

I circumvented whom I could not gain.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "to surround by hostile stratagem," from Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenire "to get around, be around, encircle, surround," in figurative sense "to oppress, assail, cheat," from circum "around" (see circum-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Meaning "to go round" is from 1840. Related: Circumvented; circumventing.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) to avoid or get around something; to bypass 2 (context transitive English) to surround or besiege 3 (context transitive English) to outwit or outsmart

  1. v. surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna" [syn: besiege, beleaguer, surround, hem in]

  2. beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors" [syn: outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, beat]

  3. 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" [syn: hedge, fudge, evade, put off, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]

Usage examples of "circumvent".

Because most of these Frenchmen had been in Dartmoor since 1806, which was the year the prison was built, they had found means to circumvent their jailers in the matter of newspapers.

The dogs moved gracefully, jumping small rocks, circumventing others, quartering and moving ahead at the arm and hand signals of their handlers.

Carole could step around the flowers, Effluvia imperiously held her hand aloft, waved them aside, raised her tail, and proceeded to make it most expedient for them to circumvent the patch by a fields length.

Every farmstead and small settlement was carefully circumvented and there were frequent stops while the Iceni warrior made sure that the way ahead was clear before they continued.

But the destruction had circumvented them, while even the lemures behind them had been reduced to puddles.

No thief knew enough about microcircuitry to circumvent its electronic lock and it was strong enough to withstand a physical assault short of a bomb big enough to bring down the whole building.

All human offences, the whole system of dishonesty, evasion, circumventing, forbidden indulgence, and intriguing ambition, in which men are struggling with each other, will be looked upon by a thoughtful Mason, not merely as a scene of mean toils and strifes, but as the solemn conflicts of immortal minds, for ends vast and momentous as their own being.

He made his road by the barer ridges, and circumvented the hollows or crossed them where matted furze or hazel made a foundation.

We are the great status quo power, and what is most threatening to the United States is the efforts of those looking to improve their status by circumventing international law.

They rode down to Corinth, up to Thebes, looked at the marshy foreshores of Lake Orchomenus where Sulla had won the two decisive battles against the armies of Mithridates, explored the tracks which had enabled Cato the Censor to circumvent the enemy at Thermopylae-and the enemy to circumvent the last stand of Leonidas.

It is highly doubtful if there are any desirable replicas, such creatures constituting an attempt to circumvent process and change.

This minister Whose circumventions never circumvent, Whose coalitions fail to coalesce.

Yet wisdom cautions: A fall is a fall With aftermaths of hurt and pain Only delayed, not circumvented.

After that, you and a small security team will go up to Zanthus and pull whoever circumvented the security monitors, along with the guilty furnace operators working up there.

Unfortunately none of the Zanthus management personnel he interviewed were responsible for circumventing the security monitors, we have to conclude the culprit is up there now.