When you bypass something, you avoid it, go around it, or ignore it. You might wish you could just read the books assigned in your English class and bypass the papers and exams.

You can bypass something physically, like when you bypass the busiest intersections in town during rush hour, driving on smaller streets instead. You can also bypass things figuratively: political candidates often bypass hard questions from reporters, and big businesses sometimes find ways to bypass some of the taxes they owe. As a noun, a bypass is either an alternative road or route; or a heart operation that allows blood flow when an artery is blocked.

Definitions of bypass

v avoid something unpleasant or laborious

“You cannot bypass these rules!”
get around, go around, short-circuit
Type of:
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

n a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center

beltway, ring road, ringway
Type of:
highway, main road
a major road for any form of motor transport

n a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)

Type of:
a passage by which a bodily fluid (especially blood) is diverted from one channel to another

n a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current

electrical shunt, shunt
Type of:
a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.

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