[ UK /sˈɜːkəmvˌɛnt/ ]
[ US /ˌsɝkəmˈvɛnt/ ]
  1. surround so as to force to give up
    The Turks besieged Vienna
  2. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    They tend to evade their responsibilities
    he evaded the questions skillfully
    He dodged the issue
    she skirted the problem
  3. beat through cleverness and wit
    She outfoxed her competitors
    I beat the traffic
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How To Use circumvent In A Sentence

  • The team apparently circumvented locked gates and an alarm system, while the sculpture was in the process of being moved to another location.
  • To circumvent this problem, I have devised a system of price bands. The A-Z of Beauty Treatment
  • Traffic wardens in Bristol who issue the most tickets are being rewarded with meals and pens to circumvent a ban on financial incentives. Times, Sunday Times
  • True, we are expected to moonwalk across the vast waters dividing technology from the masses and tiptoe back on egocentric eggshells, circumventing treacherous misunderstandings and political back-stabbing.
  • The problem in banking is that ingenuity is invested in schemes to circumvent regulation. Times, Sunday Times
  • He circumvented their objection to the plan by having one of their own members propose it.
  • Nevertheless, cryptocurrency experts said that serious criminals would easily circumvent the rules. Times, Sunday Times
  • And unless I make haste to circumvent this prepotent beast I am lost without recourse; and how well saith the poet, The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • On the contrary, it turns to thoughts of sulphur tablets and camomile tea and other sickly or disagreeable circumventions of the "creakiness" of the human body. Over the Fireside with Silent Friends
  • The conceptual block of the Nat Bell case is circumvented by regarding a component of the X question as jurisdictional.
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