To circumvent something is to go around it, to avoid it. Sometimes you may need to circumvent a roadblock in order to get to your destination.

  • He circumvented the roadblock by driving around it.

  • She circumvented the problem by asking a different question.

Definition of circumvent


avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)


dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt


surround so as to force to give up


beleaguer, besiege, hem in, surround


beat through cleverness and wit


beat, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach

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Example Sentences for circumvent

  • 1

    The act is circumvented in most of the colonies.

  • 2

    It is not the job of the bot approval group to circumvent that.

  • 3

    It was possible to circumvent the village through the attics of these houses.

  • 4

    He left the system, refusing to circumvent the law.

  • 5

    The second rule is used to circumvent the first rule.

  • 6

    This is to circumvent the ruling from the lawsuit described below.

  • 7

    Making compensation or reparations could circumvent the anathema of the Church.

  • 8

    In fact, the suggestion itself circumvents the entire mediation process.

  • 9

    It appeared that the actions of the demon might circumvent the second law.

  • 10

    He willingly circumvents the rules in an attempt to supplant the Composer.