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Meaning of “circumnavigate” in the English Dictionary

"circumnavigate" in British English

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circumnavigateverb [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 ​avoidhitting it: We ​carried the ​picturecarefully through to the ​mainexhibition, circumnavigating several ​obstacles en ​route. to ​avoid something by taking a ​particularcourse of ​action: Manufacturers and ​shops circumnavigate (= ​avoid)gunlaws by ​providingrealisticmodels that are ​unable to ​dischargemissiles.
circumnavigation
noun [C or U] uk   /sɜː.kəmˌnæv.ɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌsɝː-/ formal
a circumnavigation of the ​globe from ​west to ​east
(Definition of circumnavigate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"circumnavigate" in American English

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circumnavigateverb [T]

 us   /ˌsɜr·kəmˈnæv·ɪˌɡeɪt/
to ​travel all the way around something, esp. the ​earth
(Definition of circumnavigate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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