recirculate

verb
re·​cir·​cu·​late | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsər-kyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce recirculate (audio) \
recirculated; recirculating; recirculates

Definition of recirculate

transitive + intransitive

1 : to circulate or cause to circulate again According to the organization, between two and four times more money recirculates in the local community when people shop at small businesses.— Christina Hepner The system will recirculate 99 percent of the water that enters the tanks …— Nick McCrea
2 : to circulate continuously Along a slope, a peaceful water feature surrounded by rocks offers the tranquil sounds of water recirculating between two ponds.— Kelli Adanick He uses an American Hydroponics system that recirculates water and nutrients through the plants' root systems, allowing them to grow without soil.— Alana Melanson

First Known Use of recirculate

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recirculate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recirculate. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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