circumvent

  • 1 circumvent — I verb avoid doing, be cunning, be sly, beguile, bypass, circonvenir, circumscribere, circumvenire, cloak, conceal, confuse, contravene, contrive, counteract, counterwork, cover, deceive, defeat, defraud, delude, devise, disrupt, elude, escape,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Circumvent — Cir cum*vent , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circumvented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circumventing}.] [L. circumventis, p. p. of circumvenire, to come around, encompass, deceive; circum + venire to come, akin to E. come.] To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 circumvent — (v.) mid 15c., to surround by hostile stratagem, from L. circumventus, pp. of circumvenire to get around, encircle, surround, in transferred sense to oppress, assail, cheat, from circum around (see CIRCUM (Cf. circum )) + venire to come (see… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 circumvent — outwit, baffle, balk, *frustrate, thwart, foil Analogous words: forestall, anticipate, *prevent: evade, *escape, elude, avoid: trick, befool, hoodwink, *dupe Antonyms: conform (to laws, orders): cooperate (with persons) Con …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 circumvent — [v] fool, mislead avoid, beat, beguile, bilk, bypass, circumnavigate, cramp, crimp, deceive, detour, disappoint, dodge, dupe, elude, ensnare, entrap, escape, evade, foil, frustrate, get around, hoodwink, outflank, outwit, overreach, prevent,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 circumvent — ► VERB ▪ find a way around (an obstacle). DERIVATIVES circumvention noun. ORIGIN Latin circumvenire skirt around …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 circumvent — [sʉr΄kəm vent′, sʉr′kəm vent΄] vt. [< L circumventus, pp. of circumvenire < circum, around + venire,COME] 1. to surround or circle around 2. to surround or encircle with evils, enmity, etc.; entrap 3. to get the better of or prevent from… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 circumvent — circumventer, circumventor, n. circumvention, n. circumventive, adj. /serr keuhm vent , serr keuhm vent /, v.t. 1. to go around or bypass: to circumvent the lake; to circumvent the real issues. 2. to avoid (defeat …

    Universalium

  • 9 circumvent — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)kəmve̱nt[/t]] circumvents, circumventing, circumvented 1) VERB If someone circumvents a rule or restriction, they avoid having to obey the rule or restriction, in a clever and perhaps dishonest way. [FORMAL] [V n] Military planners… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 circumvent — UK [ˌsɜː(r)kəmˈvent] / US [ˌsɜrkəmˈvent] / US [ˈsɜrkəmˌvent] verb [transitive] Word forms circumvent : present tense I/you/we/they circumvent he/she/it circumvents present participle circumventing past tense circumvented past participle… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 circumvent — cir•cum•vent [[t]ˌsɜr kəmˈvɛnt, ˈsɜr kəmˌvɛnt[/t]] v. t. 1) to go around or bypass: to circumvent the lake; to circumvent a problem[/ex] 2) to avoid by artfulness; elude: to circumvent defeat[/ex] 3) to surround or encompass, as by stratagem;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 circumvent — cir|cum|vent [ˌsə:kəmˈvent US ˌsə:r ] v [T] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of circumvenire to come around , from circum ( CIRCUM ) + venire to come ] 1.) to avoid a problem or rule that restricts you, especially in a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 circumvent — verb (T) 1 to avoid a problem or rule that restricts you, especially in a clever or dishonest way: The company opened an account abroad, in order to circumvent the tax laws. 2 formal to change the direction in which you are travelling in order to …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 circumvent — /sɜkəmˈvɛnt / (say serkuhm vent), /ˈsɜkəmvɛnt / (say serkuhmvent) verb (t) 1. to get around or avoid: *unions will strongly oppose any move to dismantle or circumvent the award system. –news, 1990. 2. to surround or encompass as by stratagem;… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 15 circumvent — verb Circumvent is used with these nouns as the object: ↑limitation, ↑problem …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 circumvent — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. evade; outwit. See deception, avoidance. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To go around] Syn. encircle, encompass, entrap; see surround 1 , 2 . 2. [To gain an advantage over] Syn. outwit, trick, dupe; see… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 circumvent — cir|cum|vent [ ,sɜrkəm vent, sɜrkəm,vent ] verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) to find a way of avoiding a rule or law that limits you, especially using a clever trick that does not break the law: Advertising restrictions are easily circumvented. 2. ) to …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 circumvent — v.tr. 1 a evade (a difficulty); find a way round. b baffle, outwit. 2 entrap (an enemy) by surrounding. Derivatives: circumvention n. Etymology: L circumvenire circumvent (as CIRCUM , venire come) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 circumvent — transitive verb Etymology: Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenire, from circum + venire to come more at come Date: 1539 1. a. to hem in b. to make a circuit around 2. to manage to get around espe …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 circumvent — verb a) to avoid or get around something; to bypass b) to surround or besiege See Also: circumvention, circumventive …

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