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/ 藞s蓽r ky蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used without object), cir路cu路lat路ed, cir路cu路lat路ing.
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.
verb (used with object), cir路cu路lat路ed, cir路cu路lat路ing.
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.
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Origin of circulate

1425鈥75 for earlier senses; 1665鈥75 for current senses; late Middle English <Latin circul膩tus (past participle of circul膩r墨 to gather round one, Medieval Latin circul膩re to encircle), equivalent to circul(us) circle + -膩tus-ate1


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British Dictionary definitions for circulate

/ (藞s蓽藧kj蕣藢le瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of circulate

circulative, adjectivecirculator, nouncirculatory, adjective

Word Origin for circulate

C15: from Latin circul膩r墨 to assemble in a circle, from circulus circle
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Scientific definitions for circulate

[ s没rky蓹-l膩t鈥 ]

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.
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