from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap.
- transitive v. To go around; bypass: circumvented the city.
- transitive v. To avoid or get around by artful maneuvering: She planned a way to circumvent all the bureaucratic red tape.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to avoid or get around something; to bypass
- v. to surround or besiege
- v. to outwit or outsmart
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to decieve; to delude; to get around.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gain advantage over by artfulness, stratagem, or deception; defeat or get the better of by cunning; get around; outwit; overreach: as, to circumvent one's enemies.
- Synonyms See cheat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
- v. beat through cleverness and wit
- v. surround so as to force to give up
Middle English circumventen, from Latin circumvenīre, circumvent- : circum-, circum- + venīre, to go, come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin circum ("about") + venire ("to come") (Wiktionary)