Definition of circumnavigate in English:

circumnavigate

Line breaks: cir¦cum|navi|gate
Pronunciation: /səːkəmˈnavɪgeɪt
 
/

verb

[with object]
1Sail all the way around (something, especially the world): he undertook to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days or less
More example sentences
  • In 1519 Magellan set sail from here to circumnavigate the globe.
  • He is setting sail again to circumnavigate the globe, with all the obvious risks and dangers that entails.
  • Ellen MacArthur's bid to circumnavigate the globe in record time received a cruel setback when her mast was damaged.
1.1 humorous Go around or across (something): he helped her to circumnavigate a frozen puddle
More example sentences
  • The path initially heads south west, but it immediately swings back round to neatly circumnavigate a boggy section.
  • Off I went, circumnavigating the championship golf course.
  • Tourists were unlikely to be wooed away from the sightseeing Meccas of Sydney and Queensland for the sake of circumnavigating a renovated caravan park in a Crazy Copter.
1.2Avoid dealing with (something difficult or unpleasant): they circumnavigated the issue he wanted to circumnavigate the VAT
More example sentences
  • Mr Ward tried to circumnavigate the difficulty, but had at last to promise to supply the information desired.
  • If revenue factors determine that there can't be a break in the international calendar then a way to circumnavigate that problem would be to follow football's lead.
  • The authors have, however, discreetly circumnavigated the problem described in Snowden's statement.

Derivatives

circumnavigation

Pronunciation: /-ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • This 93-mile circumnavigation of the mountain traverses lowland forests and subalpine meadows.
  • From here they set out on their attempt at the first westward Arctic polar circumnavigation by a small yacht.
  • She will be joining 15 other amateur crew members who will set sail for a non-stop two-week circumnavigation of the British and Irish coastline.

circumnavigator

noun
More example sentences
  • James Cook was a circumnavigator and is credited with discovering many faraway places.
  • Our great circumnavigator is known in Chile as a pirate and a murderer.
  • Part of the premises was once occupied by Agnes Harker, sister of famous circumnavigator Captain Cook.

Definition of circumnavigate in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day internecine
Pronunciation: ˌɪntəˈniːsʌɪn
adjective
destructive to both sides in a conflict