Definition of Circumvent

1. Verb. Surround so as to force to give up. "The Turks besieged Vienna"

Exact synonyms: Beleaguer, Besiege, Hem In, Surround
Generic synonyms: Assail, Attack
Specialized synonyms: Blockade, Seal Off, Ebb
Derivative terms: Besieger



2. Verb. Beat through cleverness and wit. "Sam cannot circumvent Sue "; "She outfoxed her competitors"
Exact synonyms: Beat, Outfox, Outsmart, Outwit, Overreach
Related verbs: Beat, Beat Out, Crush, Shell, Trounce, Vanquish
Generic synonyms: Exceed, Outdo, Outgo, Outmatch, Outperform, Outstrip, Surmount, Surpass
Derivative terms: Beatable

3. Verb. Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues). "He evaded the questions skillfully"
Exact synonyms: Dodge, Duck, Elude, Evade, Fudge, Hedge, Parry, Put Off, Sidestep, Skirt
Specialized synonyms: Beg, Quibble
Generic synonyms: Avoid
Derivative terms: Circumvention, Dodge, Dodger, Dodging, Dodging, Evasion, Hedge, Hedger, Hedging

Definition of Circumvent

1. v. t. To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to decieve; to delude; to get around.

Definition of Circumvent

1. Verb. (transitive) to avoid or get around something; to bypass ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to surround or besiege ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to outwit or outsmart ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Circumvent

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Literary usage of Circumvent

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1. The Lives of the Chief Justices of England: From the Norman Conquest Till by John Campbell Campbell (1874)
"His plan to circumvent Bacon by marrying his daughter to Sir John Villiers. Soon after Bacon's elevation, the King went to Scotland, attended by Buckingham, ..."

2. The Writings of George Washington: Being His Correspondence, Addresses by George Washington (1855)
"But a variety of means may be fallen upon to circumvent and defeat their plans, when you have a regular force to depend upon. ..."

3. Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1849)
"... abilities, to circumvent and humour them, to maintain his superstition ; sometimes to stupify, besot them ; sometimes again, by oppositions, factions, ..."

4. The Master-rogue: The Confessions of a Croesus by David Graham Phillips (1903)
"True, she's shrewd, and her parents, too. They'll try legally to commit me before the wedding. But surely I can circumvent them. There's "a way out. ..."

5. An Introduction to the Critical Study and Knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by Thomas Hartwell Horne (1825)
"So тг\«о«кг«у, which primarily signifies to have more than another, also means to have more than one ought to possess, to defraud and circumvent. ..."

6. Posthumous Memoirs of His Own Time by Nathaniel William Wraxall (1836)
"But Hypocrisy more artfully says,' No! let us circumvent them; and they will, by degrees, submit to bear a tyranny, the mention of which at first would have ..."

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