- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move in a circle, especially in the air circle (around) (above/over somebody/something) Seagulls circled around above his head. He flew lower and circled around the lake. circle something The plane circled the airport to burn up excess fuel.
- 2[transitive] circle something to draw a circle around something Spelling mistakes are circled in red ink. Word Origin Old English, from Old French cercle, from Latin circulus
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they circle
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkl//he / she / it circles
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːklz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrklz//past simple circled
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkld//past participle circled
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːkld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrkld//-ing form circling
BrE BrE//ˈsɜːklɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrklɪŋ//