circulate

verb
cir·​cu·​late | \ ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt \
circulated; circulating

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: such 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

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Other Words from circulate

circulatable \ ˈsər-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
circulative \ ˈsər-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tiv \ adjective
circulator \ ˈsər-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tər \ noun

Examples of circulate in a Sentence

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.
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Again, Dewey put it well: There is no limit to the intellectual endowment which may proceed from the flow of social intelligence when that circulates by word of mouth from one to another in the communications of the local community. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 Sometimes one strain is most dominant in the beginning of the season, then a different one is circulating later, Dr. Adalja says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can You Get the Flu Twice in One Season?," 25 Oct. 2018 Whilst Castro may be taking a hard line approach to the rumours that are circulating, the clause in Lenglet's contract will be of some worry to Sevilla fans. SI.com, "Sevilla President Insists La Liga Side Will Only Sell Barcelona Target on One Condition," 4 July 2018 The men were suspected by local residents of being kidnappers, which police attributed to a message that circulated in the area on WhatsApp warning of active gangs of child abductors. Eli Meixler, Time, "Five Killed in Latest Mob Attack After Rumors on Social Media. Here’s What to Know About India's WhatsApp Murders," 3 July 2018 But Los Invasores’ tribute to kids caught up in the politics of immigration resonates today in the photos of children separated from their families by the U.S. government and held alone in camps that are circulating around the world. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Los Invasores de Nuevo León's 'El Niño Migrante' Resonates With Current Border Crisis: Watch," 20 June 2018 That said, recent research from the Visual Social Media Lab at Manchester Metropolitan University has shown that, today, the most common visual misinformation that circulates on the internet is not falsified but miscontextualized. An Xiao Mina, The Atlantic, "That Merkel Photo Is More Like a Meme Than a Renaissance Painting," 11 June 2018 Soon thereafter, the family learned of a racist Snapchat discussion about Lewis that was circulating online, prompting outrage and calls for justice. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "After killing black Leesville man in crash, white 18-year-old called him racial slur, police say," 3 June 2018 What drove this home for me more than anything was an email that circulated among my husband’s racing team in San Francisco, where Sportsman and other female riders detailed some of their experiences. Blane Bachelor, Outside Online, "Road Biking While Female," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of circulate

1603, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for circulate

Latin circulatus, past participle of circulare, from circulus

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More Definitions for circulate

circulate

verb
cir·​cu·​late | \ ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt \
circulated; circulating

Kids Definition of circulate

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.

circulate

intransitive verb
cir·​cu·​late | \ ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt \
circulated; circulating

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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