November 01, 2012
circumvent (verb)
\ser-kum-VENT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to go around : bypass2 : to get the better of or avoid the force or effect of by cleverness
How do you use it?
We circumvented the problem with the computer by using a different program.
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Which word do you think comes from the same root as "circumvent"?

We'll come right to the point. "Circumvent" and "intervene" both have roots in the Latin word "venire," meaning "to come." Latin speakers combined "venire" with "circum-," meaning "circle," to form "circumvenire." English speakers adopted a form of "circumvenire" to make "circumvent," which originally meant "to hem in and capture" or "to encircle." Latin speakers combined "venire" with "inter-," meaning "between," to form "intervenire," meaning "to come between." English speakers eventually adopted a form of "intervenire" to make "intervene." Other members of the "venire" family include "adventure," "convenient," "event," "invent," and "revenue."
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