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circle

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of circle

  1. 1 something with a perfectly round circumference <a circle of columns surrounds the memorial to the fallen heroes> Synonyms cirque, ring, round, roundel Related Words circlet, ringlet; ellipse, loop, oval; ball, globe, orb, sphere

  2. 2 a circular strip <a decorative circle of silver on the rim of the commemorative plate for their 25th wedding anniversary> Synonyms band, {h,1}ring, eye, hoop, loop, roundRelated Words belt, cincture, collar, girdle; wreath; annulet, becket, coil, curl, furl, hank, spiral, spire, twirl, whorl

  3. 3 a group of people sharing a common interest and relating together socially <got together with her social circle once a week> Synonyms body, bunch, gang, clan, clique, community, coterie, coven, crowd, fold, galère, klatch (also klatsch), lot, network, pack, ring, setRelated Words charmed circle, elite, in-group; closed shop; club, college, fellowship, guild (also gild), league, organization, society; camp, faction, sect, side, tribe; mess, squad; brotherhood, fraternity, order, sisterhood, sodality, sorority; commune; alliance, bloc, coalition, confederation, congress, council, federation, unionNear Antonyms loner; individualist

  4. 4 a series of events or actions that repeat themselves regularly and in the same order <with the birth of a child coming so soon after the death of a grandparent, we were once again reminded of the circle of life> Synonyms cycle, merry-go-round, round, wheel, zodiacRelated Words pattern, syndrome; course, development, progression, run; beat, circuit, loop, ring; rotation, revolution, turn, turnover; chain, sequence, series, string, succession, train

  5. 5 a region of activity, knowledge, or influence <that lies outside the circle of our investigation> Synonyms area, arena, bailiwick, barony, business, field, demesne, department, discipline, domain, element, fief, fiefdom, firmament, front, game, kingdom, line, precinct, province, realm, specialty, sphere, terrain, walkRelated Words frontier; study, subject; territory, turf; occupation, profession, pursuit, racket, vocation; ambit, amplitude, breadth, compass, confine, dimension(s), extent, ken, reach, scope, sweep, width; subfield, subspecialty




circle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of circle

  1. 1 to form a circle around <everyone circled the lectern and waited their turn to read from the Bible> Synonyms surround, compass, embrace, encircle, enclose (also inclose), encompass, environ, gird, girdle, ring, wreatheRelated Words circumscribe, close in, cordon (off), fence (in), hem (in), wall; beset, besiege, entrench (also intrench), invest, swarm

  2. 2 to travel completely around <with a look of extreme frustration, the commander circled the new recruit> Synonyms encircle, circuit, circumnavigate, circumvent, compass, girdle, orbit, ring, roundRelated Words circumambulate, cross, perambulate, traverse




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