cir·​cu·​lar | \ ˈsər-kyə-lər How to pronounce circular (audio) \

Definition of circular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having the form of a circle : round a circular orbit
b : moving in or describing a circle or spiral a circular staircase
2a : of or relating to a circle or its mathematical properties a circular arc
b : having a circular base or bases a circular cylinder
4 : marked by or moving in a cycle
5 : being or involving reasoning that uses in the argument or proof a conclusion to be proved or one of its unproved consequences
6 : intended for circulation a circular letter



Definition of circular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a paper (such as a leaflet) intended for wide distribution

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Other Words from circular


circularity \ ˌsər-​kyə-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce circular (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
circularly \ ˈsər-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce circular (audio) \ adverb
circularness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for circular

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of circular in a Sentence

Adjective That planet has a more circular orbit than our planet does. a rather circular discussion of the problem that never addresses it directly Noun According to the circular, eggs are on sale this week. promptly tosses out those advertising circulars that come in the newspaper
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This pioneering initiative has 3 main objectives: to remove marine litter that is damaging the ecosystem, to give a second life to recovered waste with a circular economy view and to raise awareness on about the global issue the ocean is facing. Afdhel Aziz, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Use both windshield wiper and circular motions to blend into the light brown shadow. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 24 May 2021 Simply rub a pinch of jelly on the affected area and massage it in small circular motions. Sakshi Udavant,, 18 Apr. 2021 Wash your face morning and night by massaging in a small dollop of face cleanser lightly with fingers in circular motions, working from the inside of the face out for full coverage, says GH Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 15 Mar. 2021 At a conservative estimate, a circular New York economy could deliver $11bn in economic benefits, create over 11,000 jobs across the income spectrum and reduce to zero the amount of waste sent to landfill. Judith Magyar, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The 45-minute program and wreath placing ceremony will be held at the base of the flagpole at the site where a committee is working to raise funds to construct a circular plaza dedicated to veterans who died in service and their Gold Star families. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 21 May 2021 Stylists often added 12 to 15 ounces of hair — these days, six to eight ounces is considered more than enough — in a circular pattern, which caused the wefts to rise into a cone over time as the braids lost their hold, giving people helmet head. New York Times, 10 May 2021 This Adidas anorak represents the fashion industry’s most focused attempt so far at testing out the circular economy’s promise. Alden Wicker, Wired, 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company did not return phone calls, but signs in the windows and an advertising circular said the closing was tied to the end of its lease. Bob Bong,, 8 June 2021 It is held in place by two hooks, one circular, the other heart-shaped. David Phelan, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Head to Lokma for Turkish breakfast dishes like simit ($5, a circular, bagel-like sesame bread) and menemen ($13, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, sweet peppers, feta cheese and housemade pita). Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Apr. 2021 Yet – on March 21 and 22, 2021 – the waxing moon is moving inside a large circular (or hexagonal) star pattern, known as theWinterCircle (or Winter Hexagon). Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 21 Mar. 2021 Just a year ago, Indian cryptocurrency exchanges were reeling under the effect of an RBI circular that asked financial institutions not to support digital currencies. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2021 While this circular has been overturned by the court, the shadow of a ban on cryptocurrencies in India still looms large. Despite receiving endorsements from global financial institutions, why is bitcoin still viewed with suspicion in India? Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2021 With the Queen and Prince Philip still isolated at Windsor Castle and the UK in lockdown, expect digital engagements to continue to be a staple part of the court circular in 2021. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 16 Jan. 2021 Dubai, a sheikdom in the UAE, issued a circular on Thursday directing entertainment activities in the city to conclude by 1 a.m. as a new measure to spread the curb of the virus, according to a report in the Khaleej Times., 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of circular


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for circular


Middle English circuler, from Middle French, from Late Latin circularis, from Latin circulus circle

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The first known use of circular was in the 15th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Circular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of circular

: a printed sheet (such as an advertisement) that is given or sent to many people at the same time


cir·​cu·​lar | \ ˈsər-kyə-lər How to pronounce circular (audio) \

Kids Definition of circular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : shaped like a circle or part of a circle : round a circular track
2 : passing or going around in a circle a circular motion
3 : not said in simple or sincere language a circular explanation



Kids Definition of circular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a printed notice or advertisement given or sent to many people


cir·​cu·​lar | \ ˈsər-kyə-lər How to pronounce circular (audio) \

Medical Definition of circular

: manic-depressive especially : bipolar sense 3 the exalted phase of the mental circular state — Havelock Ellis


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