bypass

noun
by·​pass | \ˈbī-ˌpas \

Definition of bypass 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a passage to one side especially : a deflected route usually around a town

2a : a channel carrying a fluid around a part and back to the main stream

b(1) : shunt sense 1b

(2) : shunt sense 1c also : a surgical procedure for the establishment of a shunt have a coronary bypass

bypass

verb
bypassed; bypassing; bypasses

Definition of bypass (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to avoid by means of a bypass bypass a congested area

b : to cause to follow a bypass

2a : to neglect or ignore usually intentionally

b : circumvent attempting to bypass the law

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bypass

Synonyms: Verb

beat, circumvent, dodge, get around, shortcut, sidestep, skirt

Antonyms: Verb

comply (with), follow, keep, obey, observe

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Examples of bypass in a Sentence

Noun

The bridge is being rebuilt so we'll have to take the bypass.

Verb

To bypass the city, take the highway that circles it. Is there a way to bypass the bridge construction? He bypassed the manager and talked directly to the owner. She managed to bypass the usual paperwork.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The site, which was found during construction of a new bypass in Drasenhofen on the Czech border, contains mammoth tusks and bones. James Rogers, Fox News, "Elephant bird mystery solved? Discovery may explain demise of world's largest-ever birds," 13 Sep. 2018 Wardle, for his part, said the bypass raises questions about how the company rolled out the improvements. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malware has no trouble hiding and bypassing macOS user warnings," 14 Aug. 2018 In heavy storms, the bypass serves as a sort of check valve to keep swollen rivers from over-topping the levees that protect Sacramento from flooding. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Benjy Engel, sacbee, "Water rescues and flooded bypasses: Sacramento region gets late season soaking | The Sacramento Bee," 22 Mar. 2018 There is another Kansas City the prosperity and wellness largely bypass. The Rev. Vernon P. Howard Jr. And Special To The Star, kansascity, "MLK Reflection: Today, the battle is for social change, waged with spiritual fortitude," 15 Jan. 2018 In a reversal of a fall 2017 decision, Yash Wadhwa, the state's commissioner of railroads, has concurred with a plan for a new at-grade railroad crossing as part of the bypass construction project already underway. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Waukesha Bypass won't need a costly railroad bridge after all, state commissioner rules," 17 Apr. 2018 The Amtrak train was on its inaugural run, using a 14.5-mile bypass to avoid a more scenic but slower passage along the coastline to speed the trip between Seattle and Portland. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "NTSB hearing focuses on railroad safety following two fatal Amtrak crashes," 10 July 2018 A decade later, the state Transportation Department decided to build a bypass around Mount Horeb. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trolls aren't the only reason to visit Mount Horeb's Driftless Historium," 12 Jan. 2018 Others offer a pragmatic approach: Keep the tunnel as a bypass for traffic. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "An underground camp? Readers share their ideas for Seattle’s Battery Street Tunnel," 8 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By bypassing the primaries and instead gathering signatures to appear on the general election ballot, candidates have a say in their running mates. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Alaska voters to decide primaries for governor, US House," 20 Aug. 2018 The National Construction Authority in the past has blamed contractors of bypassing building codes to save on cost. USA TODAY, "At least 44 killed as dam bursts in Kenya and sweeps away hundreds of homes," 10 May 2018 Wolves' fellow second tier clubs had called on the authorities to look into Wolves' affairs concerning Mendes, with the Midlands outfit accused of bypassing rules and regulations over transfers concerning some of his clientele. SI.com, "EFL Clear Wolves & Jorge Mendes of Illegal Transfer Activity Following Lengthy Investigation," 25 Apr. 2018 Service providers with agreements with the commission could recommend homeless individuals, who then get a chance of bypassing the waiting list and get a voucher. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Home placement program that helps vulnerable Detroiters about to lose its funding," 9 Apr. 2018 Mayor Frank Jackson and other leaders praised the project today for developing neighborhoods instead of bypassing them. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "These ODOT, Turnpike projects could delay your drives in coming months," 5 Apr. 2018 Editors Tom and Rednblu argued that the people in the image should wear clothes, as our wardrobe is a crucial part of how human evolution bypassed some of the selection factors that shaped other species. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "How Wikipedia Portrayed Humanity in a Single Photo," 10 Mar. 2018 The administration was asking the Supreme Court to take the unusual step of bypassing an appeals court and granting fast-track review of a federal trial judge’s decision. Greg Stohr, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Supreme Court Rebuffs Trump, Won't Hear Immigration Appeal," 26 Feb. 2018 Under the Dodd-Frank law, banks that commit crimes or are punished by regulators for knowingly engaging in misconduct stand to lose the privilege of bypassing the paperwork. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Settlements for 3 Wall Street Banks Hold a Silver Lining," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bypass

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for bypass

bypass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bypass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a road that goes around a blocked or very crowded area

medical : a procedure done to allow blood to flow past a blocked blood vessel to reach the heart

bypass

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bypass (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go around or avoid (a place or area)

: to avoid or ignore (someone or something) especially to get something done quicker

bypass

noun
by·​pass | \ˈbī-ˌpas \

Kids Definition of bypass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a road serving as a substitute route around a blocked or crowded area

bypass

verb
bypassed; bypassing

Kids Definition of bypass (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a detour around

2 : avoid sense 1, forgo … would probably be permitted to bypass most of the training.— Lois Lowry, The Giver

bypass

noun
by·​pass | \ˈbī-ˌpas \

Medical Definition of bypass 

: a surgically established shunt cardiopulmonary bypass of blood from the right atrium to the aorta also : a surgical procedure for the establishment of a shunt

Note: When a bypass is performed on more than one coronary artery or branch, the number of times (double, triple, etc.) is often specified.

I was immediately scheduled for a triple bypass, but they decided to try an angioplasty.
— Terry Todd, Sports Illustrated, 1 Aug. 1983 — see coronary bypass, gastric bypass, jejunoileal bypass

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