- to move in a circle or circuit; move or pass through a circuit back to the starting point: Blood circulates throughout the body.
- to pass from place to place, from person to person, etc.: She circulated among her guests.
- to be distributed or sold, especially over a wide area.
- Library Science. (of books and other materials) to be available for borrowing by patrons of a library for a specified period of time.
- to cause to pass from place to place, person to person, etc.; disseminate; distribute: to circulate a rumor.
- Library Science. to lend (books and other materials) to patrons of a library for a specified period of time.
Origin of circulate
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Examples from the Web for circulate
In medicine, Lazarus is the patient who, believed dead, spontaneously starts to circulate blood.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
And when a fraudulent work hits the marketplace, it tends to circulate.Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise
August 19, 2014
The exhibit began traveling across the country in December and will circulate through nine cities until 2014.New Project Features Guantánamo’s Long Past
May 26, 2013
Choit documents the fading, cyan-heavy images that circulate in shop windows all over modern cities.CPR For Dying Photos
November 24, 2012
More than 250,000 copies of Israel Hayom circulate daily, making it the most widely read paper in Israel.Wither The Israeli Press?
October 3, 2012
That was how the phrase began to circulate, and what it meant; nothing more.'Little Dorrit
After this piece of nautical gallantry, the glass began to circulate.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
On the very next morning vague rumours began to circulate in the markets.The Fat and the Thin
The animal is a sort of 'world' to the particles of the blood which circulate in it.Timaeus
It was, indeed, a realm where this coinage did not circulate.Lord Kilgobbin
- to send, go, or pass from place to place or person to persondon't circulate the news
- to distribute or be distributed over a wide area
- to move or cause to move through a circuit, system, etc, returning to the starting pointblood circulates through the body
- to move in a circlethe earth circulates around the sun
Word Origin and History for circulate
1540s (late 15c. as a past participle adjective), as a chemical term for alternating vaporization and condensation, from Latin circulatus, past participle of circulare "to form a circle," from circulus (see circle (n.)). Meaning "to move around, revolve" is from 1670s; of blood, from 1650s; of persons, "to mingle in a social gathering," from 1863. Sense of "to pass about freely" is from 1660s; of newspapers from 1885. Related: Circulated; circulating.
- To move in or flow through a circle or a circuit. Blood circulates through the body as it flows out from the heart to the tissues and back again.