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- (transitive) to avoid or get around something; to bypass
- (transitive) to surround or besiege
- (transitive) to outwit or outsmart
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, pages 279-280:
- We are mortified by not being thought worthy of trust; and there is also a feeling of small triumph in circumventing those who doubt either our inclination or our power of service.
to avoid or get around something
to surround or besiege