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"bypass" in British English

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bypassverb [T]

uk   /ˈbaɪ.pɑːs/  us   /-pæs/

bypassnoun [C]

uk   /ˈbaɪ.pɑːs/  us   /-pæs/
  • bypass noun [C] (OPERATION)

(also heart bypass) a ​medicaloperation in which the ​flow of a person's ​blood is ​changed to ​avoid a diseasedpart of ​theirheart: a ​triple bypass ​operation
  • bypass noun [C] (ROAD)

mainly UK a ​roadbuilt around a ​town or ​village so that ​traffic does not need to ​travel through it
(Definition of bypass from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bypass" in American English

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bypassverb [T]

 us   /ˈbɑɪˌpæs/
to ​avoid something by going around it: Take the ​highway that bypasses Richmond to ​avoidheavytraffic. fig. Posting ​news on the ​Internet bypasses ​traditionalnewssources such as ​radio and TV.

bypassnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbɑɪˌpæs/
a ​roadbuilt around a ​city to take ​traffic around the ​edge of it ​rather than through it
(Definition of bypass from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bypass" in Business English

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bypassverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈbaɪpɑːs/
to ignore a ​rule or ​officialauthority: They bypassed the ​committee and went ​straight to ​seniormanagement.
(Definition of bypass from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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