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English definition of “bypass”

bypass

verb [T] uk   /ˈbaɪ.pɑːs/ us    /-pæs/
to avoid something by going around it: We were in a hurry so we decided to bypass Canterbury because we knew there'd be a lot of traffic. to ignore a rule or official authority: They bypassed the committee and went straight to senior management.

bypass

noun [C] uk   /ˈbaɪ.pɑːs/ us    /-pæs/

bypass noun [C] (ROAD)

a road built around a town or village so that traffic does not need to travel through it

bypass noun [C] (OPERATION)

(also heart bypass) a medical operation in which the flow of a person's blood is changed to avoid a diseased part of their heart: a triple bypass operation
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