cir·​cu·​lar·​ize | \ ˈsər-kyə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce circularize (audio) \
circularized; circularizing

Definition of circularize

transitive verb

1a : to send circulars to
b : to poll by questionnaire
3 : to make circular

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Other Words from circularize

circularization \ ˌsər-​kyə-​lər-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce circularization (audio) \ noun

Examples of circularize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From there, on-board thrusters will be used to circularize the orbit at an altitude of 22,300 miles above the equator. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Falcon 9 set to launch Israeli satellite, 3 years after explosion destroyed first one," 6 Aug. 2019 The satellite will use its own propulsion system to circularize the orbit at an altitude of 22,000 miles above the equator. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Falcon 9 boosts Spanish communications satellite into space," 6 Mar. 2018 Over the next 90 days or so, the bus-size satellite's on-board thrusters will be used to circularize the orbit 22,300 miles above the equator where the relay station will turn in lockstep with Earth and appear stationary in the sky. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches second satellite in just 14 days," 15 May 2017 The Orbiter, meanwhile, would ignite its twin Orbital Maneuvering System engines to circularize its orbit above the atmosphere. David S. F. Portree, WIRED, "If Galileo Had Fallen to Earth (1988)," 18 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of circularize

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Circularize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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