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a road passing around a town or its center to provide an alternative route for through traffic. a secondary channel, pipe, or connection to allow a flow when the main one is closed or blocked. a surgical operation in which an alternative channel is created, especially to improve blood flow to the heart when a coronary artery is blocked:he had a heart bypass in 2003 the alternative channel created during a bypass operation.
verb [with object]
go past or around:bypass the farm and continue to the road provide (a town) with a route diverting traffic from its center:the town has been bypassed avoid or circumvent (an obstacle or problem):a manager might bypass formal channels of communication