verb cir·cum·vent \ˌsər-kəm-ˈvent\

: to avoid being stopped by (something, such as a law or rule) : to get around (something) in a clever and sometimes dishonest way

Full Definition of CIRCUMVENT

transitive verb
a :  to hem in
b :  to make a circuit around
:  to manage to get around especially by ingenuity or stratagem <the setup circumvented the red tape — Lynne McTaggart>
cir·cum·ven·tion \-ˈven(t)-shən\ noun

Examples of CIRCUMVENT

  1. We circumvented the problem by using a different program.
  2. He found a way to circumvent the law.
  3. Los Angeles was the beachhead for the sushi invasion, attracting many Japanese chefs eager to make their fortunes and to circumvent the grueling 10-year apprenticeship required in their homeland. —Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review, 10 June 2007


Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenire, from circum- + venire to come — more at come
First Known Use: 1539
CIRCUMVENT Defined for Kids


verb cir·cum·vent \ˌsər-kəm-ˈvent\

Definition of CIRCUMVENT for Kids

:  to avoid the force or effect of by cleverness <They tried to circumvent the rules.>


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