What does circulate mean?

Definitions for circulate
ˈsɜr kyəˌleɪtcir·cu·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. go around, spread, circulate(verb)

    become widely known and passed on

    "the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office"

  2. circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around(verb)

    cause to become widely known

    "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"

  3. circulate, pass around, pass on, distribute(verb)

    cause be distributed

    "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"

  4. circulate(verb)

    move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point

    "Blood circulates in my veins"; "The air here does not circulate"

  5. circle, circulate(verb)

    move in circles

  6. circulate(verb)

    cause to move in a circuit or system

    "The fan circulates the air in the room"

  7. circulate(verb)

    move around freely

    "She circulates among royalty"

  8. mobilize, mobilise, circulate(verb)

    cause to move around

    "circulate a rumor"


  1. circulate(Verb)

    to move in circles or through a circuit

  2. circulate(Verb)

    to cause (a person or thing) to move in circles or through a circuit

  3. circulate(Verb)

    to move from person to person, as at a party

  4. circulate(Verb)

    to spread or disseminate

  5. circulate(Verb)

    to become widely known

  6. Origin: From circulatus, past participle of circulare, a later collateral form of circulari, from circulus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Circulate(verb)

    to move in a circle or circuitously; to move round and return to the same point; as, the blood circulates in the body

  2. Circulate(verb)

    to pass from place to place, from person to person, or from hand to hand; to be diffused; as, money circulates; a story circulates

  3. Circulate(verb)

    to cause to pass from place to place, or from person to person; to spread; as, to circulate a report; to circulate bills of credit

  4. Origin: [L. circulatus, p. p. of circulare, v. t., to surround, make round, circulari, v. i., to gather into a circle. See Circle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Circulate

    sėr′kū-lāt, v.t. to make to go round as in a circle: to spread: to repeat (of decimals).—v.i. to move round: to be spread about.—adj. Cir′culable, capable of being circulated.—ns. Cir′culant; Circulā′tion, the act of moving in a circle: the movement of the blood: the sale of a periodical: the publication of a report or of a book: the money in use at any time in a country.—adjs. Cir′culative, Cir′culatory, circulating.—n. Cir′culator.—Circulating library, one where books are circulated among subscribers. [L. circulāre, -ātum.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'circulate' in Verbs Frequency: #892

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of circulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of circulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of circulate in a Sentence

  1. Kecia Gaither:

    Even though you have the same number of red blood cells, there’s more volume for them to circulate around.

  2. Angelino Alfano:

    We worked to save the right to circulate at Brenner, to clarify issues and avoid a crisis with Austria, there's no need for any kind of barrier at Brenner.

  3. Dante Lauretta:

    Water probably did circulate through the interior of the asteroid, like a hydrothermal system on Earth, and altered the originally anhydrous rocky material, forming these clays.

  4. William Schaffner:

    I promise you as the season goes on, there are other strains circulating or will circulate as we get in January and February, although the vaccine is not perfect, it is still pretty good.

  5. Gothom Arya:

    In a situation of economic difficulty they have to stimulate consumption and what they think is: give grassroots people money and it will circulate, though the junta's action is exactly the same as previous governments, they claim that this time money will not leak.

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