Borrowed from Latin circumnāvigātus, perfect passive participle of circumnāvigō (“sail round something, circumnavigate”), from circum (“about, around”) + nāvigō (“sail, navigate”), from nāvis (“ship”) + agō (“do”). Surface analysis: circum- + navigate.
- (transitive) To travel completely around somewhere or something, especially by sail.
- We circumnavigated the Mediterranean.
- (transitive) To circumvent or bypass.
2006, July 9, Magic month of memories:
- Rebel of the tournament: Saudi Arabia’s Malek Al Hawsawi, who circumnavigated Fifa’s ban on jewellery by keeping his ring in his mouth.
- (intransitive, sailing) To sail around the world.
2004, March 10, “Edward Gorman”, in Van den Heede rewarded for perseverance:
- Chay Blyth was the first when he circumnavigated in British Steel in 292 days in 1970 in a voyage that some predicted would end in certain death.