Definition of circulate
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
: to cause to circulate
Examples of circulate
Blood circulates through the body.
Steam circulates in the pipes.
A pump circulates the water through the filter.
Rumors are circulating around town.
The report circulated among the students.
Stories were circulated about mismanagement.
He is circulating a petition asking for a new election.
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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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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