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bypass

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noun by·pass \ ˈbī-ˌpas \

Definition of bypass

1 :a passage to one side; especially :a deflected route usually around a town
2 a :a channel carrying a fluid around a part and back to the main stream
b (1) :shunt 1b
(2) :shunt 1c; also :a surgical procedure for the establishment of a shunt
  • have a coronary bypass

Examples of bypass in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of bypass from the Web

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First Known Use of bypass

1848

Other Transportation Terms


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bypass

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Definition of bypass

transitive verb
1 a :to avoid by means of a bypass
  • bypass a congested area
b :to cause to follow a bypass
2 a :to neglect or ignore usually intentionally
b :circumvent
  • attempting to bypass the law

Examples of bypass in a Sentence

  1. To bypass the city, take the highway that circles it.

  2. Is there a way to bypass the bridge construction?

  3. He bypassed the manager and talked directly to the owner.

  4. She managed to bypass the usual paperwork.

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First Known Use of bypass

1736

bypass Synonyms


BYPASS Defined for English Language Learners

bypass

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Definition of bypass for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of bypass for English Language Learners

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

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


BYPASS Defined for Kids

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bypass

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noun by·pass \ ˈbī-ˌpas \

Definition of bypass for Students

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

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bypass

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Definition of bypass for Students

bypassed; bypassing
1 :to make a detour around
2 :avoid 1, forgo
  • … would probably be permitted to bypass most of the training.
  • —Lois Lowry, The Giver

Medical Dictionary

bypass

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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 ToddSports Illustrated1 Aug. 1983
— see coronary bypass, gastric bypass, jejunoileal bypass

bypass

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