tr.v. cir·cum·vent·ed, cir·cum·vent·ing, cir·cum·vents
1. To go around; bypass: circumvented the city.
2. To avoid or get around by artful maneuvering: circumvented the bureaucratic red tape.
3. To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap.
[Early Modern English, to surround (an enemy) by stratagem, overcome by craft or fraud, outwit, from Middle English, hoodwinked, from Latin circumventus, past participle of circumvenīre, to surround in a hostile manner, deceive, evade : circum-, circum- + venīre, to go, come; see gwā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
cir′cum·venter, cir′cum·ventor n.
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