My boss asked me to have a look at a presentation he'll be giving next week; checking if he didn't forget anything.
While skimming over the document, the following sentence was somehow bothering me:
... in order to circuit the problem.
The use of circuit as a verb seemed odd to me. I first checked Merriam Webster's and Oxford's Learner's Dictionaries but they don't have listed circuit as a verb. The advanced editions of both dictionaries define the verb.
Neither the Corpora of Contemporary American English nor the British National Corpus has an entry on using circuit as a verb, but 10k and 2.5k, respectively, uses as a noun.
I incidentally mentioned to my boss that I'd chosen to circumvent, to handle or to deal. Subsequently, he asked a colleague who's native English whether she would understand the meaning of circuit. She agreed.
Surprisingly, she didn't say that circuit would be an odd choice. Well, I think I had posed the question in a different way, namely not asking about "being understandable" but rather about "is it natural to use circuit as a verb".
Is circuit acceptable as a verb in ordinary language or is it - as corpora are suggesting - an uncommon verb?