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circumvent Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb surround so as to force to give up
    beleaguer; hem in; surround; besiege.
    • The Turks besieged Vienna
  2. verb beat through cleverness and wit
    outsmart; beat; overreach; outwit; outfox.
    • I beat the traffic
    • She outfoxed her competitors
  3. verb avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    dodge; fudge; sidestep; evade; parry; elude; skirt; duck; hedge; put off.
    • He dodged the issue
    • she skirted the problem
    • They tend to evade their responsibilities
    • he evaded the questions skillfully

Cir`cum*vent" transitive verb
L. circumventis, p. p. of circumvenire, to come around, encompass, decieve; circum + venire to come, akin to E. come.
imperfect & past participle Circumvented; present participle verbal noun Circumventing
  1. To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to decieve; to delude; to get around.
    I circumvented whom I could not gain. Dryden.

Webster 1913