Borrowed from Latin circulatus, past participle of Late Latin circulare (“make circular, encircle”), a later collateral form of circulari (“form a circle (of men) around oneself”), from circulus (“a circle”).
- (intransitive) to move in circles or through a circuit
- (transitive) to cause (a person or thing) to move in circles or through a circuit
- to move from person to person, as at a party
- to spread or disseminate
- to circulate money or gossip
- to become widely known
- (mathematics) Of decimals: to repeat.
to move in circles
to spread or disseminate
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Translations to be checked
- circulate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- circulate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.