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bypass

verb [T] uk   /ˈbaɪ.pɑːs/ us    /-pæs/
to avoid something by going around it: We took the road that bypasses the town. The oil pipeline bypasses the protected wilderness area. 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] (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

bypass noun [C] (ROAD)

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