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Dictionary definition for: Circumvent

1. (v) surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna"

2. (v) beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic" "She outfoxed her competitors"

3. (v) avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) "He dodged the issue" "she skirted the problem" "They tend to evade their responsibilities" "he evaded the questions skillfully"

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