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

transitive + intransitive

: 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
: 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

Examples of recirculate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the days leading up to the film’s world premiere in London on Thursday, rumors began recirculating online that Taylor-Joy would play a role in the film led by Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 The psychiatrist appears to not exist, but the claim was featured on an Iranian TV show, and was recirculated on Arabic, English and Indonesian media sites and spread by users on TikTok, Reddit and Instagram. Pranshu Verma, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 This comparison, picked up and recirculated by world leaders, including President Biden, serves to bolster Israel’s case for inflicting collective punishment on the residents of Gaza. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2023 Recommended Humility In the 10 best books of November, humility changes lives More recently, soon after United States Rep. Mike Johnson ascended to House speaker, a 2022 interview with the Louisiana congressman recirculated. Leanne Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Nov. 2023 Most ductless fans that recirculate air back into your kitchen have a filter of some kind. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Nov. 2023 According to the McKinsey Fashion on Climate report, recirculating just one in five items would help put fashion on track to achieve the 1.5-degree pathway laid out by the Paris Climate Accord. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 On Wednesday, several of the Kansas City Chiefs tight end's social media posts dating to 2010 recirculated on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter), where many of Swift's fans appeared genuinely amused. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 Photos of the rapper’s wax figure recirculated on social media after Dwayne Johnson’s wax figure at Paris’ Grévin Museum came under fire over the weekend. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of recirculate was in 1716

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“Recirculate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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