Circumvent – 1. Find a way round. 2. Overcome a problem in a clever way
To remember the definition of the word circumvent, use the following mnemonic:
The circumference of the vent (circumvent) was so large they had to find another way around the problem. So they swung over it, overcoming the problem in a clever way.
Examples of circumvent in a sentence (Find a way around)
They had to circumvent the moors as the mud was just too deep.
It was extremely difficult to circumvent the maze.
It was Christmas and you had to circumvent the city to beat the crowds.
Examples of circumvent in a sentence (Overcome a problem in a clever way)
The business moved overseas to circumvent tax laws.
The bank was full of guards, a problem the thieves were going to have to circumvent.
With just a rope and a wellington boot, they had to circumvent the obstacle course as a pair.