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verb [transitive] bypass pronunciation in British English /ˈbaɪˌpɑːs/
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present tense
present participlebypassing
past tensebypassed
past participlebypassed
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  1. 1
    to avoid dealing with someone or something, especially because you think you can achieve something more quickly without using them
  2. 2
    to avoid the centre of a town or city by using a road that goes round it

    I took the road that bypassed the city altogether.

  3. 3
    medical to perform a medical operation to make someone’s blood flow past a blocked or damaged part of their heart rather than through it

    an operation to bypass the damaged artery


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