- 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)
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