Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb circumvent

3 senses of circumvent

Sense 1
besiege, beleaguer, surround, hem in, circumvent -- (surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna")
       => attack, assail -- (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week")

Sense 2
outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, beat, circumvent -- (beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors")
       => surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform -- (be or do something to a greater degree; "her performance surpasses that of any other student I know"; "She outdoes all other athletes"; "This exceeds all my expectations"; "This car outperforms all others in its class")

Sense 3
hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep -- (avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully")
       => avoid -- (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her")

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