Definition of circumvent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsərkəmˈvent/


[with object]
1Find a way around (an obstacle).
Example sentences
  • However, those inventive motorcyclists have managed to circumvent the obstacle.
  • He has gained a few moves in his repertoire, allowing him to circumvent obstacles.
  • We broke the law on a weekly basis, when we circumvented the army's roadblocks in the roads.
1.1Overcome (a problem or difficulty), typically in a clever and surreptitious way: I found it quite easy to circumvent security
More example sentences
  • To circumvent a possible problem of low data number, we pooled the observed and expected values for the three transposon families.
  • This is not a very realistic assumption but it makes it possible to circumvent the problem of determining the optimal amount of reserves.
  • Clever strategists that we were, we decided to circumvent this problem or objection by presenting a symposium rather than submitting independent papers.
1.2 archaic Deceive; outwit: he’s circumvented her with some of his stories



Pronunciation: /ˌsərkəmˈven(t)SH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • To be sure, credit bubbles are all about the circumvention, obstruction, impairment, and eventual breakdown of the market pricing mechanism.
  • The portrait I have been describing is special not only for its circumvention of convention, but also because it belongs to a certain class of postcards known as ‘real photo’ postcards.
  • We take any circumvention of immigration control very seriously.


Late Middle English: from Latin circumvent- 'skirted around', from the verb circumvenire, from circum 'around' + venire 'come'.

Words that rhyme with circumvent

absent, accent, anent, ascent, assent, augment, bent, cement, cent, consent, content, dent, event, extent, ferment, foment, forewent, forwent, frequent, gent, Ghent, Gwent, lament, leant, lent, meant, misrepresent, misspent, outwent, pent, percent, pigment, rent, scent, segment, sent, spent, stent, Stoke-on-Trent, Tashkent, tent, torment, Trent, underspent, underwent, vent, went

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Syllabification: cir·cum·vent

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