Definition of “circumnavigate” - English Dictionary

“circumnavigate” in British English

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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

(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)