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circulate

verb cir·cu·late \ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt\

: to move without stopping though a system, place, etc.

: to go or spread from one person or place to another

: to cause (something) to go or spread from one person or place to another

cir·cu·lat·edcir·cu·lat·ing

Full Definition of CIRCULATE

intransitive verb
1
:  to move in a circle, circuit, or orbit; especially :  to follow a course that returns to the starting point <blood circulates through the body>
2
:  to pass from person to person or place to place: as
a :  to flow without obstruction
b :  to become well-known or widespread <rumors circulated through the town>
c :  to go from group to group at a social gathering
d :  to come into the hands of readers; specifically :  to become sold or distributed
transitive verb
:  to cause to circulate
cir·cu·lat·able \-ˌlā-tə-bəl\ adjective
cir·cu·la·tive \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective
cir·cu·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of CIRCULATE

  1. Blood circulates through the body.
  2. Steam circulates in the pipes.
  3. A pump circulates the water through the filter.
  4. Rumors are circulating around town.
  5. The report circulated among the students.
  6. Stories were circulated about mismanagement.
  7. He is circulating a petition asking for a new election.
  8. She circulated among her guests.

Origin of CIRCULATE

Latin circulatus, past participle of circulare, from circulus
First Known Use: 1603

Rhymes with CIRCULATE

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CIRCULATED Defined for Kids

circulate

verb cir·cu·late \ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt\
cir·cu·lat·edcir·cu·lat·ing

Definition of CIRCULATE for Kids

1
:  to move around in a course <Blood circulates in the body.>
2
:  to pass or be passed from place to place or from person to person <The rumor circulated around the school.>
Medical Dictionary

circulate

intransitive verb cir·cu·late \ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt\
cir·cu·lat·edcir·cu·lat·ing

Medical Definition of CIRCULATE

:  to flow or be propelled naturally through a closed system of channels (as blood vessels) <blood circulates through the body>

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