Definitions for: Circumvent

[v] avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
[v] beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"
[v] surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cir`cum*vent", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumvented;
p. pr. vb. n. Circumventing.] [L. circumventis, p. p. of
circumvenire, to come around, encompass, deceive; circum +
venire to come, akin to E. come.]
To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to
decieve; to delude; to get around.

I circumvented whom I could not gain. --Dryden.

Synonyms: beat, beleaguer, besiege, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, hem in, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt, surround

See Also: assail, attack, avoid, blockade, ebb, exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outstrip, quibble, seal off, surmount, surpass

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