Definition of Circulate

1. Verb. Become widely known and passed on. "The story went around in the office"

Exact synonyms: Go Around, Spread
Related verbs: Broadcast, Circularise, Circularize, Diffuse, Disperse, Disseminate, Distribute, Pass Around, Propagate, Spread
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Derivative terms: Spread, Spread

2. Verb. Cause to become widely known. "Broadcast the news"

3. Verb. Cause be distributed. "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
Exact synonyms: Distribute, Pass Around, Pass On
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Specialized synonyms: Send Around, Utter, Scatter, Spread, Spread Out
Derivative terms: Circular, Circulation, Circulation, Circulation

4. Verb. Move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point. "The air here does not circulate"
Specialized synonyms: Ventilate
Generic synonyms: Course, Feed, Flow, Run
Derivative terms: Circulation, Circulative

5. Verb. Move in circles.
Exact synonyms: Circle
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Orb, Orbit, Revolve, Troll, Loop, Loop
Derivative terms: Circle, Circle, Circle

6. Verb. Cause to move in a circuit or system. "The fan circulates the air in the room"
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Specialized synonyms: Convect
Derivative terms: Circulation, Circulation

7. Verb. Move around freely. "She circulates among royalty"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Drift

8. Verb. Cause to move around. "Circulate a rumor"
Exact synonyms: Mobilise, Mobilize
Causes: Move
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Derivative terms: Circulation, Circulation, Circulation

Definition of Circulate

1. v. i. To move in a circle or circuitously; to move round and return to the same point; as, the blood circulates in the body.

2. v. t. 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.

Definition of Circulate

1. Verb. (intransitive) to move in circles or through a circuit ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to cause (a person or thing) to move in circles or through a circuit ¹

3. Verb. to move from person to person, as at a party ¹

4. Verb. to spread or disseminate ¹

5. Verb. to become widely known ¹

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Definition of Circulate


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Lexicographical Neighbors of Circulate

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Literary usage of Circulate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association, Richard Rogers Bowker, Charles Ammi Cutter (1908)
"Of how many periodicals do you circulate single numbers? b. How many copies of each? bers of periodicals. Of the 12 which do not, 3 — Fall River, ..."

2. The Value of Money by Benjamin McAlester Anderson (1917)
"What economic force is there, then, to make them circulate? ... It is, in effect, saying that the dodo-bones will circulate because they will circulate. ..."

3. Treatise on Sociology, Theoretical and Practical by Henry Hughes (1854)
"The class of simple-laborers cannot circulate themselves; because they have not the capital. ... If circulation is not ordered; some only, circulate. ..."

4. Ethical Obligations of the Lawyer by Gleason Leonard Archer (1910)
"NOT TO circulate SLANDER CONCERNING ADVERSARY. The lawyer owes a duty to the adverse party not to circulate slanders concerning him. ..."

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