circulate

verb cir·cu·late \ ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of circulate

circulated; circulating
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

circulatable

play \-ˌlā-tə-bəl\ adjective

circulative

play \-ˌlā-tiv\ adjective

circulator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of circulate in a Sentence

  1. Blood circulates through the body.

  2. Steam circulates in the pipes.

  3. A pump circulates the water through the filter.

  4. Rumors are circulating around town.

  5. The report circulated among the students.

  6. Stories were circulated about mismanagement.

  7. He is circulating a petition asking for a new election.

  8. She circulated among her guests.

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Origin and Etymology of circulate

Latin circulatus, past participle of circulare, from circulus


CIRCULATE Defined for Kids

circulate

verb cir·cu·late \ ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of circulate for Students

circulated; circulating
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.

Medical Dictionary

circulate

intransitive verb cir·cu·late \ ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt \

medical Definition of circulate

circulated; circulating
: to flow or be propelled naturally through a closed system of channels (as blood vessels)
  • blood circulates through the body


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