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English definition of “circumnavigate”

circumnavigate

verb [T] (AVOID)    /ˌsɜː.kəmˈnæv.ɪ.ɡeɪt/ US  /ˌsɝː-/
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 which are unable to discharge missiles.Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive circumnavigation     /sɜː.kəmˌnæv.ɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌsɝː-/ noun [C or U] formal a circumnavigation of the globe from west to eastNavigation and shipwrecksJourneysSailing and boating
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