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English verb: circumvent

1. circumvent (competition) surround so as to force to give up


SamplesThe Turks besieged Vienna.


Synonymsbeleaguer, besiege, hem in, surround


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)assail, attack


Narrower (hyponym)blockade, ebb, seal off

2. circumvent (competition) beat through cleverness and wit


SamplesI beat the traffic.
She outfoxed her competitors.


Synonymsbeat, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass


Verb groupbeat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

3. circumvent (communication) avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)


SamplesHe dodged the issue.
She skirted the problem.
They tend to evade their responsibilities.
He evaded the questions skillfully.


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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)avoid


Narrower (hyponym)beg, quibble









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