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Definitions of circumvent

  1. To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to decieve; to delude; to get around. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To gain an advantage over by deception. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To out wit; deceive; baffle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To get around; get the better of, as by craft. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To gain advantage over another by deceit; to outwit; to cheat; to impose on. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. CIRCUMVENTION. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for circumvent

  1. I learnt how to circumvent the Women's Rights woman before I was twenty- three: it's all been found out long ago. – You-Never-Can-Tell by Shaw, Bernard
  2. But it is not to be supposed that three mounted Indians would deliberately ride away from a single youth through fear alone,- that is, not until they had tried to circumvent him by strategy. – The Hunters of the Ozark by Edward S. Ellis
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