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cir·cum·vent  audio  (sûrkm-vnt) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
cir·cum·vent·ed, cir·cum·vent·ing, cir·cum·vents
  1. To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap.
  2. To go around; bypass: circumvented the city.
  3. To avoid or get around by artful maneuvering: She planned a way to circumvent all the bureaucratic red tape.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English circumventen, from Latin circumvenre, circumvent- : circum-, circum- + venre, to go, come; see gw- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
circum·venter or circum·ventor(Noun), circum·vention(Noun), circum·ventive(Adjective)


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