- 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 circulatory
Cool OffIn addition to freshening up your face and body, showers can help stimulate the circulatory system and metabolism.Short on Zzz’s? 15 Research-Backed Sleep Hacks
May 9, 2014
He boasted of doing so much drugs that he had enough “running through my circulatory system to sedate Guatemala.”The Real Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan Belfort’s Vulgar Memoirs
December 20, 2013
Vascular: relating to the blood-vessels or circulatory system.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
It may be a chemical one but more probably it is a circulatory one.Psychotherapy
These are successively injected into the circulatory system.
The amount is not influenced by neuroses or circulatory disturbances.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
There is no circulatory system, nor are there any special organs of respiration.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
- 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 circulatory
c.1600, of blood, from French circulatoire or directly from Latin circulatorius, from circulator, agent noun from circulare (see circulate). Circulatory system is recorded from 1862.
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.
- Relating to circulation.
- Relating to the circulatory system.
- 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.