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circumnavigate

[sur-kuh m-nav-i-geyt] /ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), circumnavigated, circumnavigating.
1.
to sail or fly around; make the circuit of by navigation:
to circumnavigate the earth.
2.
to go or maneuver around:
to circumnavigate the heavy downtown traffic.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin circumnāvigātus (past participle of circumnāvigāre), equivalent to circum- circum- + nāvigātus; see navigate
Related forms
circumnavigable
[sur-kuh m-nav-i-guh-buh l] /ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪ gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
circumnavigation, noun
circumnavigator, noun
circumnavigatory
[sur-kuh m-nav-i-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌsɜr kəmˈnæv ɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for circumnavigable

circumnavigate

/ˌsɜːkəmˈnævɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to sail or fly completely around
Derived Forms
circumnavigable, adjective
circumnavigation, noun
circumnavigator, noun
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Word Origin and History for circumnavigable

circumnavigate

v.

1630s, from Latin circumnavigatus, past participle of circumnavigare "to sail round," from circum "around" (see circum-) + navigare (see navigation). Related: Circumnavigated; circumnavigating; circumnavigable.

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