- 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 circulated
Normal procedure is that any member country can request that a document be circulated, and the UN does it pro-forma.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say Studio Exec Picked Kim Jong-Un as the Villain of ‘The Interview’
December 19, 2014
To create that all-important alcohol content, the fumes are circulated out of the still into condensers.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
The letter to Kerry was circulated in the senate by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, a Republican and Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat.Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas
September 22, 2014
They circulated petitions and shared their case with the conservative attendees.What I Saw at Iowa’s So-Co Circus
August 10, 2014
Pictures of families hiding in the mountains have circulated widely on Iraqi social media.Iraq’s Religious Minorities are Being Slaughtered and ISIS Just Captured the Last Town Giving Them Shelter
August 4, 2014
He was not less shocked by the nasty stories that circulated with regard to her.The Fortune of the Rougons
Nothing was said at the Quenu-Gradelles' about all the rumours which circulated.
Her versions of Florent's biography were the most horrible of all that were circulated in the neighbourhood.
That was one of the lies your scoundrel David Macdonald circulated against us.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He alluded with anger to the report which had been circulated of his, (Maroney's) marriage.The Expressman and the Detective
- 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 circulated
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.