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, 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 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 Except on days where rainfall exceeds a quarter-inch, the roughly 50,000 gallons per day of runoff will flow into the sewer at a bypass to be built underground in the area of Newport Boulevard and West Coast Highway. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Newport Beach to divert often-contaminated storm drain from the bay to the sewer," 14 Apr. 2018 Sand, who has had six bypasses, has taken the flu shot every year. Kathryn W. Foster, miamiherald, "The flu and heart attack risks are connected: Get the vaccine, doctors say | Miami Herald," 25 Feb. 2018 The wreckage was reported in lanes 1, 2 and 4 and the bypass lane, the CHP said. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "One killed in early morning I-5 multi-vehicle crash," 17 Feb. 2018 Commissioners also approved an intergovernmental agreement with Cumming, allocating to the city about $13.5 million out of SPLOST VIII for transportation projects, including a Cumming bypass, and $1 million for the Dobbs Creek Recreation Center. David Ibata, ajc, "Forsyth to seek voter OK for $274M SPLOST," 11 July 2018 Pitts said tools built into macOS weren’t susceptible to the bypass, which has been possible since the release of OS X Leopard in 2007. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "For almost 11 years, hackers could easily bypass 3rd-party macOS signature checks," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Order a sandwich at the counter, or bypass the lines and shop a bit. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 Dpa reported the centers would be used for migrants who attempt to bypass border controls and for those whose cases don't fall under bilateral return agreements. David Rising, Fox News, "Report: Merkel secures deal with 14 EU nations on migrants," 30 June 2018 Dpa reported the centers would be used for migrants who attempt to bypass border controls and for those whose cases don’t fall under bilateral return agreements. Washington Post, "Report: Merkel secures deal with 14 EU nations on migrants," 30 June 2018 Then a video is played of the race, though players can bypass the race and go straight the results. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Betting on past horse races? Tracks seek OK to take wagers on 'historical horse racing'," 26 June 2018 Last Thursday, Horowitz released a 568-page report that blasted former FBI Director James Comey for bypassing the chain of command and violating Justice Department norms in his handling of the investigation of Clinton's email server in 2016. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "House Republicans tie watchdog report on Clinton email case to credibility of Russia probe," 19 June 2018 The new study’s novel approach bypasses some of the debate about the models, by not using them. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "World Has Only 20 Years to Meet Ambitious 1.5-Degree C Warming Threshold," 19 June 2018 New companies have raised billions through these I.C.O.s, which allow them to bypass regulators and other middlemen and go straight to investors. New York Times, "Stephen Bannon Buys Into Bitcoin," 14 June 2018 On May 4th construction began on Nordstream 2, a gas pipeline between Russia and Germany which bypasses Poland and inflames historical fears of being caught between the two powers on either side. The Economist, "Germany’s troubled relations with the Visegrad states show the limits to its power," 14 June 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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