Definition of "circumvent" [cir•cum•vent]

  • To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap. (verb-transitive)
  • To go around; bypass: circumvented the city. (verb-transitive)
  • To avoid or get around by artful maneuvering: She planned a way to circumvent all the bureaucratic red tape. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "circumvent" in a sentence
  • "And they want to kind of circumvent the will of our grassroots delegates that nominated Congressman Castle to be our endorsed candidate."
  • "This latest gambit, he argued, was simply an attempt to "circumvent" the law."
  • "A fine argument if there actually is a legal immigration procedure for many of those who 'circumvent' it; Which there isn't."