Pronunciation: (sûr"kum-vent', sûr'kum-vent"),[key] —v.t. 1. to go around or bypass: to circumvent the lake; to circumvent the real issues. 2. to avoid (defeat, failure, unpleasantness, etc.) by artfulness or deception; avoid by anticipating or outwitting: He circumvented capture by anticipating their movements. 3. to surround or encompass, as by stratagem; entrap: to circumvent a body of enemy troops.