from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap.
- transitive v. To go around; bypass: circumvented the city.
- transitive v. To avoid or get around by artful maneuvering: She planned a way to circumvent all the bureaucratic red tape.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to avoid or get around something; to bypass
- v. to surround or besiege
- v. to outwit or outsmart
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To gain advantage over by arts, stratagem, or deception; to decieve; to delude; to get around.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gain advantage over by artfulness, stratagem, or deception; defeat or get the better of by cunning; get around; outwit; overreach: as, to circumvent one's enemies.
- Synonyms See cheat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
- v. beat through cleverness and wit
- v. surround so as to force to give up
And they want to kind of circumvent the will of our grassroots delegates that nominated Congressman Castle to be our endorsed candidate.
This latest gambit, he argued, was simply an attempt to "circumvent" the law.
A fine argument if there actually is a legal immigration procedure for many of those who 'circumvent' it; Which there isn't.
He posits that "the Justices were largely influenced by their attitudes on two issues: first, the degree to which Congress may 'circumvent' the Treason Clause by proscribing conduct covered by treason under a different heading and without the same procedural safeguards; and second, the degree to which the Framers intended treason prosecutions to be exceedingly rare and difficult."
JOE WYNN, VETERANS ENTERPRISE TRAINING & SERVICES: The employers don't continue to keep that position active, and so does find a way to kind of circumvent the law.
JOE WYNN, VETERANS ENTERPRISE TRAINING & SERVICES: The employers don't continue to keep that position active and so, thus, find a way to kind of circumvent the law.
This new initiative is an attempt to "circumvent" international justice, said Mahjoub Hussain, spokesman for another rebel group, the
Jews don't "circumvent" stuff like "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me," they just willfully reject it.
But, no, she is not going to kind of circumvent that by making some sort of back deal.
It seems to me that the president didn't simply "circumvent" the law, as you stated, but actually broke it.