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circumnavigate

verb [T] uk   /ˌsɜː.kəmˈnæv.ɪ.ɡeɪt/ us    /ˌsɝː-/

circumnavigate verb [T] (SAIL AROUND)

formal to sail all the way around something: They circumnavigated Cape Horn Island in canoes.

circumnavigate verb [T] (AVOID)

to move around something in order to avoid hitting it: We carried the picture carefully through to the main exhibition, circumnavigating several obstacles en route. Manufacturers and shops circumnavigate (= avoid) gun laws by providing realistic models that are unable to discharge missiles.
circumnavigation
noun [C or U] uk   /sɜː.kəmˌnæv.ɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌsɝː-/ formal
a circumnavigation of the globe from west to east
Translations of “circumnavigate”
in Spanish circunnavegar…
in French naviguer autour de…
in German umschiffen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 環繞…航行, 繞道,繞行…
in Chinese (Simplified) 環繞…航行, 环绕…航行, 绕道,绕行…
(Definition of circumnavigate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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