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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a prefix with the meaning “round about, around,” found in Latin loanwords, esp. derivatives of verbs that had the general sense “to encompass or surround” (circumference; circumstance) or “to go around” in the manner specified by the verb (circumnavigate; circumscribe); on this basis forming adjectives in English with the meaning “surrounding” that named by the stem (circumpolar).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of circum-:

< L circum around (acc. of circus; see circus , circle )


  1. circum-(Prefix)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Circum-

    a Latin preposition, used as a prefix in many English words, and signifying around or about


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