circulate

verb
cir·​cu·​late | \ ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce circulate (audio) \
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

Other Words from circulate

circulatable \ ˈsər-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce circulate (audio) \ adjective
circulative \ ˈsər-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tiv How to pronounce circulate (audio) \ adjective
circulator \ ˈsər-​kyə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce circulate (audio) \ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The troposphere is where weather happens, and where eye-searing clouds of smoke and soot circulate even from moderately sized fires. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2022 Play scripts have started to circulate for the first game, something that normally occurs the week before kickoff. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 The troposphere is where weather happens, and where eye-searing clouds of smoke and soot circulate even from moderately sized fires. Corinne Purtill, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2022 The troposphere is where weather happens, and where eye-searing clouds of smoke and soot circulate even from moderately sized fires. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2022 Numerous reports begin to circulate about a Watson trade to the Miami Dolphins. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2022 Lebanon's National News Agency confirmed the silo's partial collapse Sunday as videos of the damage appeared to circulate online. Doha Madani, NBC News, 31 July 2022 The Locke family owns 51,964 of the 127,850 land shares that were issued by Pinelawn during the presidential administration of Theodore Roosevelt, and which still circulate today. Carson Kessler, ProPublica, 25 July 2022 Late Wednesday, a list of what appears to be the production and writing credits started to circulate online. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of circulate was in 1603

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Last Updated

13 Aug 2022

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“Circulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circulate. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for circulate

circulate

verb
cir·​cu·​late | \ ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce circulate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce circulate (audio) \
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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