- 1[intransitive, transitive] short-circuit (something) to have a short circuit; to make something have a short circuit The wires had short-circuited and burned out.
- 2[transitive] short-circuit something to succeed in doing something more quickly than usual, without going through all the usual processes The process of becoming a politician can be short-circuited if you are already a well-known public figure.
(informal short)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they short-circuit
he / she / it short-circuits
past simple short-circuited
-ing form short-circuiting