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circumnavigate

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

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

Full Definition of CIRCUMNAVIGATE

transitive verb
:  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 \-ˌna-və-ˈgā-shən\ noun
cir·cum·nav·i·ga·tor \-ˈna-və-ˌgā-tər\ noun
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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

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay
CIRCUMNAVIGATOR Defined for Kids

circumnavigate

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

Definition of CIRCUMNAVIGATE for Kids

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

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