circumvent Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb surround so as to force to give up
beleaguer; hem in; surround; besiege.
- The Turks besieged Vienna
verb beat through cleverness and wit
outsmart; beat; overreach; outwit; outfox.
- I beat the traffic
- She outfoxed her competitors
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
To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to decieve; to delude; to get around.
I circumvented whom I could not gain. Dryden.