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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Two years ago, Daniel Cole's 85-year-old father had heart bypass surgery. Judith Graham, chicagotribune.com, "Surgery causes cognitive losses in some seniors," 22 May 2018 Two years ago, Daniel Cole’s 85-year-old father had heart bypass surgery. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Surgery can cause cognitive losses in some seniors," 19 May 2018 That bypasses the tendency for patients to skip a follow-up pharmacy visit and risk landing back in the emergency room. baltimoresun.com, "Paying hospitals to keep people out of hospitals? It works in Maryland.," 16 Mar. 2018 Trump often bypasses the vast information-gathering apparatus that reports to him in favor of getting his reality from TV, or sometimes just his gut. Bloomberg.com, "BloombergPolitics," 15 Jan. 2018 Trump often bypasses the vast information-gathering apparatus that reports to him in favor of getting his reality from TV, or sometimes just his gut. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Trust and truth under Trump: Americans are in a quandary," 14 Jan. 2018 Fort/Cass Station will be bypassed this evening until further notice. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "People Mover resumes service as DTE investigates smoke at utility cover," 7 July 2018 To paraphrase an industry saying: encryption is usually bypassed, not broken. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 In addition to Ellington, the Heat's remaining free agents were bypassed during the frantic opening round of spending. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Start of NBA free agency opens window on where Heat, Ellington stand," 1 July 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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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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