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Definition of short-circuit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (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
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  1. 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. 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.
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