circumnavigate

verb cir·cum·nav·i·gate \ -ˈna-və-ˌgāt \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

circumnavigation

play \-ˌna-və-ˈgā-shən\ noun

circumnavigator

play \-ˈna-və-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of circumnavigate in a Sentence

  1. The ship circumnavigated the world.

  2. the first ship to circumnavigate the globe

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Origin and Etymology of circumnavigate

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

circumnavigate Synonyms

Other Nautical Terms


CIRCUMNAVIGATE Defined for English Language Learners

circumnavigate

verb

Definition of circumnavigate for English Language Learners

  • : to travel all the way around (something) in a ship, airplane, etc.


CIRCUMNAVIGATE Defined for Kids

circumnavigate

verb cir·cum·nav·i·gate \ ˌsər-kəm-ˈna-və-ˌgāt \

Definition of circumnavigate for Students

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


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