- 1[intransitive, transitive] short-circuit (something) to have a short circuit; to make something have a short circuit The wires had short-circuited and burnt 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.
BrE ; NAmE(informal short)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they short-circuit
BrE ; NAmEhe / she / it short-circuits
BrE ; NAmEpast simple short-circuited
BrE ; NAmEpast participle short-circuited
BrE ; NAmE-ing form short-circuiting
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