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circumnavigateverb [T]

us   /ˌsɜr·kəmˈnæv·ɪˌɡeɪt/
to travel all the way around something, esp. the earth
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circumnavigateverb [T]

uk   /ˌsɜː.kəmˈnæv.ɪ.ɡeɪt/ us   /ˌsɝː.kəmˈnæv.ə.ɡeɪt/
  • 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.
to avoid something by taking a particular course of action: 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.kəmˌnæv.əˈɡeɪ.ʃən/ formal
a circumnavigation of the globe from west to east
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