“Circumvent” vs. “Circumnavigate”: What’s the Difference?

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The difference between “circumvent” and “circumnavigate”

  • Circumvent is generally used to refer to finding a way around an obstacle or rule, while circumnavigate refers to traveling around a geographic location.
  • Circumvent can involve deception or outwitting, while circumnavigate simply involves navigating around something.
  • Circumvent can refer to avoidance, while circumnavigate always implies completion of a full circle around something.
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What is the definition of “circumvent” and “circumnavigate”?

  • To find a way around something, especially to bypass or avoid rules or obstacles.
  • To deceive or outwit someone or something.
  • To surround or enclose something completely.
  • To sail or travel completely around the world or a large area.
  • To go around or avoid something by taking a circular or indirect path.
  • To navigate a ship around a hazardous area by going in a wide arc.

Which is the more popular variant on the Internet?

“Circumvent” is the more popular variant on the web.
More popular
65,000,000 results on the web
  1. He tried to circumvent the security measures by sneaking past the guards undetected.
  2. The company found a way to circumvent the high taxes by shifting their operations to a different country.
  3. She had to circumvent the roadblock and take a different route to reach her destination.
1,490,000 results on the web
  1. Magellan and his crew were the first to circumnavigate the globe in the 16th century.
  2. They decided to circumnavigate the island by boat to get a better view of the coastline.
  3. The yacht set out to circumnavigate the world in a record-breaking attempt.
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