bypass vs by-pass

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  • moirag

    Senior Member
    English, England
    As a foreigner I wouldnt expect you to understand these things, as I´m a native speaker and I don´t understand it, either. I would write it with a hyphen, but I´m old (49).´And what does by-pass mean?


    Senior Member
    Two American dictionaries, Random House Unabridged, and American Heritage, have by-pass as the listed headword, with the unhyphenated form given as a valid alternate. Cambridge Advanced Learners and WR's own Princeton Word-net do not show the hyphenated form at all.

    Take your pick.


    Senior Member
    British English
    Chambers English Dictionary has "by pass" for the road and "bypass" for the heart operation.

    And the verb is bypass in any context, according to Chambers.
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