Definition of circumvent verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    circumvent

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmˈvent//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmˈvent//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they circumvent
    BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmˈvent//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmˈvent//
     
    he / she / it circumvents
    BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmˈvents//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmˈvents//
     
    past simple circumvented
    BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmˈventɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmˈventɪd//
     
    past participle circumvented
    BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmˈventɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmˈventɪd//
     
    -ing form circumventing
    BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmˈventɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmˈventɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1circumvent something to find a way of avoiding a difficulty or a rule They found a way of circumventing the law.
  2. 2circumvent something to go or travel around something that is blocking your way
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin circumvent- ‘skirted around’, from the verb circumvenire, from circum ‘around’ + venire ‘come’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: circumvent