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circumvent

cir·cum·vent

circumvent

 
pronunciation:
suhr km vent [or] suhr km vent
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: circumvented, circumventing, circumvents
definition 1: to manage to avoid or evade, esp. by clever maneuvering.
By speaking to the president directly, he circumvented the usual red tape.You might circumvent any problems if you phone ahead.
synonyms:
elude, evade, sidestep, skirt
antonyms:
encounter
similar words:
avoid, dodge, escape, miss, shun
definition 2: to go around; skirt; bypass.
The new highway allows travelers to circumvent the city.
synonyms:
bypass, skirt
antonyms:
encounter
similar words:
circle, circumnavigate, evade
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derivations: circumventive (adj.), circumventer (n.), circumvention (n.)
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