circumnavigate love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To proceed completely around.
  • transitive verb To go around; circumvent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To sail round; pass round by water: as, to circumnavigate the globe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To sail completely round.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To travel completely around somewhere or something, especially by sail.
  • verb transitive To circumvent or bypass.
  • verb intransitive, sailing To sail around the world.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb travel around, either by plane or ship


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin circumnāvigātus, perfect passive participle of circumnāvigō ("sail round something, circumnavigate"), from circum ("about, around") + nāvigō ("sail, navigate"), from nāvis ("ship") + agō ("do").


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word circumnavigate.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • navigate around

    June 19, 2007

  • We tend to think of Magellan with this word but circumcision (q.v.) requires it too, in a way...

    August 16, 2007