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circumnavigate

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verb cir·cum·nav·i·gate \-ˈna-və-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of circumnavigate

  • : to travel all the way around (something) in a ship, airplane, etc.

Full Definition of circumnavigate

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to go completely around (as the earth) especially by water; also :  to go around instead of through :  bypass <circumnavigate a congested area>

cir·cum·nav·i·ga·tion play \-ˌna-və-ˈgā-shən\ noun
cir·cum·nav·i·ga·tor play \-ˈna-və-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of circumnavigate

  1. The ship circumnavigated the world.

  2. <the first ship to circumnavigate the globe>



Origin of circumnavigate

Latin circumnavigatus, past participle of circumnavigare to sail around, from circum- + navigare to navigate


First Known Use: 1634

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CIRCUMNAVIGATE Defined for Kids

circumnavigate

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verb cir·cum·nav·i·gate \ˌsər-kəm-ˈna-və-ˌgāt\

Definition of circumnavigate

cir·cum·nav·i·gat·edcir·cum·nav·i·gat·ing

  1. :  to go completely around (as the earth) especially by water





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