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Definition of circulate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they circulate
    he / she / it circulates
    past simple circulated
    -ing form circulating
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] when a liquid, gas, or air circulates or is circulated, it moves continuously around a place or system The condition prevents the blood from circulating freely. circulate something Cooled air is circulated throughout the building.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] circulate (something) if a story, an idea, information, etc. circulates or if you circulate it, it spreads or it is passed from one person to another Rumors began to circulate about his financial problems.
  3. 3[transitive] circulate something (to somebody) to send goods or information to all the people in a group The document will be circulated to all members.
  4. 4[intransitive] to move around a group, especially at a party, talking to different people
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: circulate