cir·​cum·​nav·​i·​gate | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈna-və-ˌgāt How to pronounce circumnavigate (audio) \
circumnavigated; circumnavigating; circumnavigates

Definition of circumnavigate

transitive verb

: to go completely around especially by water circumnavigate the earth also : to go around instead of through : bypass circumnavigate a congested area

Other Words from circumnavigate

circumnavigation \ ˌsər-​kəm-​ˌna-​və-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce circumnavigate (audio) \ noun
circumnavigator \ ˌsər-​kəm-​ˈna-​və-​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce circumnavigate (audio) \ noun

Examples of circumnavigate in a Sentence

The ship circumnavigated the world. the first ship to circumnavigate the globe
Recent Examples on the Web Along with becoming the youngest person to fly around the world by himself, Rutherford is the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe in a microlight plane. Rutherford stopped in Anchorage in early August. Veselin Toshkov, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2022 But because hormonal birth control is considered safe and effective, there’s little effort to create new methods that circumnavigate patient concerns. Sarah Sloat, Wired, 15 Aug. 2022 In 2017, professional pilot Shaesta Waiz, the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, became the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe. Lucia Cheng, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Aug. 2022 In order to circumnavigate the issue, series editor Dean Zimmerman said the team used editing and digital engineering tricks to insert Montgomery into the scenes with Max. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 26 July 2022 For four or five years, Colliard badgered the venerable Norwegian polar explorer with adoring e-mails, culminating in a bid to join his 2010 effort to circumnavigate the North Pole in a single season. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 8 Nov. 2017 Eighty-nine years ago today, on July 22, 1933, Wiley Post became the first aviator to circumnavigate the globe alone. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 On a weekly basis, engineers and developers are finding new substitutions and solutions to circumnavigate delays with their usual components. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 11 Feb. 2022 Western nations could circumnavigate a lack of agreement by requiring insurance companies to support the cap. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of circumnavigate

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circumnavigate

Latin circumnavigatus, past participle of circumnavigare to sail around, from circum- + navigare to navigate

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“Circumnavigate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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cir·​cum·​nav·​i·​gate | \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈna-və-ˌgāt How to pronounce circumnavigate (audio) \
circumnavigated; circumnavigating

Kids Definition of circumnavigate

: to go completely around (as the earth) especially by water

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