Bypass - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbaɪpæs|  American pronunciation of the word bypass
Brit.  |ˈbʌɪpɑːs|  British pronunciation of the word bypass


- a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center (syn: beltway, ringway)
- a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)
- a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current (syn: shunt)


- avoid something unpleasant or laborious(syn: short-circuit)


The bridge is being rebuilt so we'll have to take the bypass.

To bypass the city, take the highway that circles it.

Is there a way to bypass the bridge construction?

He bypassed the manager and talked directly to the owner.

She managed to bypass the usual paperwork.

It was recommended that the proposal to make a bypass road be rejected.

It's no good trying to by-pass the law.

Interstate 8 bypasses the town to the north.

Francis bypassed his manager and wrote straight to the director.

You cannot bypass these rules!

It is unorthodox to bypass the channels of command in the army.

car theives know how to bypass the ignition interlock

The bridge is being rebuilt so we'll have to take the bypass.[del]

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bypass
he/she/it: bypasses
present participle: bypassing
past tense: bypassed
past participle: bypassed
singular: bypass
plural: bypasses
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