1.Bypassing What is meant by a speaker and what is heard and understood by the listener often differ. Such misunderstanding between a sender and a receiver is called bypassing. How many times have we said to someone, "But that's not what I meant." Bypassing takes place when two people assign different meanings to the same word. Many words are often to an almost limitless number of interpretations. According to some estimates, the 500 most frequently used words in the English language have over 14,000 dictionary definitions. Considering that a dictionary definition reflects only a tiny percentage of all possible meanings for a word and that people from different cultures and with experiences interpret words differently, it is amazing that people can understand one another at all.