circulate

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verb cir·cu·late \ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of circulate

circulated

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circulating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to pass from person to person or place to place: such asa :  to flow without obstructionb :  to become well-known or widespread rumors circulated through the townc :  to go from group to group at a social gatheringd :  to come into the hands of readers; specifically :  to become sold or distributed

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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

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verb cir·cu·late \ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of circulate for Students

circulated

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circulating

  1. 1 :  to move around in a course Blood circulates in the body.

  2. 2 :  to pass or be passed from place to place or from person to person The rumor circulated around the school.


Medical Dictionary

circulate

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

Medical Definition of circulate

circulated

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circulating

  1. :  to flow or be propelled naturally through a closed system of channels (as blood vessels) blood circulates through the body



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