Circumnavigate Cir`cum*nav"i*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circumnavigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circumnavigating}.] [L. circumnavigatus, p. p. of circumnavigare to sail round; circum + navigare to navigate.] To sail completely round. [1913 Webster]

Having circumnavigated the whole earth. --T. Fuller. [1913 Webster]

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  • circumnavigate — (v.) 1630s, from L. circumnavigatus, pp. of circumnavigare to sail round, from circum around (see CIRCUM (Cf. circum )) + navigare (see NAVIGATION (Cf. navigation)). Related: Circumnavigable …   Etymology dictionary

  • circumnavigate — ► VERB ▪ sail all the way around. DERIVATIVES circumnavigation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • circumnavigate — [sʉr΄kəmnav′ə gāt΄] vt. circumnavigated, circumnavigating [< L circumnavigatus, pp. of circumnavigare: see CIRCUM & NAVIGATE] to sail or fly around (the earth, an island, etc.) circumnavigation n. circumnavigator n …   English World dictionary

  • circumnavigate — circumnavigable /serr keuhm nav i geuh beuhl/, adj. circumnavigation, n. circumnavigator, n. circumnavigatory /serr keuhm nav i geuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /serr keuhm nav i gayt /, v.t., circumnavigated, circumnavigating. 1. to sail or fly… …   Universalium

  • circumnavigate — UK [ˌsɜː(r)kəmˈnævɪˌɡeɪt] / US [ˌsɜrkəmˈnævɪˌɡeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms circumnavigate : present tense I/you/we/they circumnavigate he/she/it circumnavigates present participle circumnavigating past tense circumnavigated past participle… …   English dictionary

  • circumnavigate — transitive verb Etymology: Latin circumnavigatus, past participle of circumnavigare to sail around, from circum + navigare to navigate Date: 1634 to go completely around (as the earth) especially by water; also to go around instead of through ;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • circumnavigate — verb Circumnavigate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑globe …   Collocations dictionary

  • circumnavigate — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)kəmnæ̱vɪgeɪt[/t]] circumnavigates, circumnavigating, circumnavigated VERB If someone circumnavigates the world or an island, they sail all the way around it. [FORMAL] [V n] For this year at least, our race to circumnavigate the globe… …   English dictionary

  • circumnavigate — verb /ˌsə.kəmˈnæv.ɪ.ɡeɪt,ˌsɝ.kəmˈnæv.ɪ.ɡeɪt/ a) To travel completely around somewhere or something, especially by sail. We circumnavigated the Mediterranean. b) To circumvent or bypass. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • circumnavigate — Synonyms and related words: boat, bypass, canoe, carry sail, circle, circuit, circuiteer, circulate, circumambulate, circummigrate, circumvent, close the circle, coast, come full circle, compass, cross, cruise, cycle, describe a circle, detour,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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