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English definition of “bypass”

bypass

verb [T]     /ˈbaɪpɑːs/
GO AROUND to go around a place or thing and not through it: I was hoping to bypass the city centre.Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive
AVOID to avoid dealing with someone or something by dealing directly with someone or something else: They bypassed him and went straight to his manager.Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive
(Definition of bypass verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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