circumnavigate Definition in British English Dictionary
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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 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
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