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CIRCUMVENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does circumvent mean? 

CIRCUMVENT (verb)
  The verb CIRCUMVENT has 3 senses:

1. surround so as to force to give up
2. beat through cleverness and wit
3. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

  Familiarity information: CIRCUMVENT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CIRCUMVENT (verb)


Sense 1circumvent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surround so as to force to give up

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

besiege; circumvent; beleaguer; hem in; surround

Context example:

The Turks besieged Vienna

Hypernyms (to "circumvent" is one way to...):

assail; attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "circumvent"):

blockade; seal off (impose a blockade on)

ebb (hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2circumvent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Beat through cleverness and wit

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

outsmart; outwit; overreach; circumvent; outfox; beat

Context examples:

I beat the traffic / She outfoxed her competitors

Hypernyms (to "circumvent" is one way to...):

exceed; outdo; outgo; outmatch; outperform; outstrip; surmount; surpass (be or do something to a greater degree)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3circumvent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

sidestep; skirt; hedge; evade; parry; fudge; elude; dodge; circumvent; duck; put off

Context examples:

He dodged the issue / she skirted the problem / They tend to evade their responsibilities / he evaded the questions skillfully

Hypernyms (to "circumvent" is one way to...):

avoid (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "circumvent"):

quibble (evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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