Definition of circulation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkjəˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkjəˈleɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the movement of blood around the body Regular exercise will improve blood circulation. to have good/bad circulation
  2. 2[uncountable] the passing or spreading of something from one person or place to another the circulation of money/information/ideas A number of forged tickets are in circulation. The coins were taken out of circulation. Copies of the magazine were withdrawn from circulation. putting computer viruses into circulation
  3. 3[uncountable] the fact that somebody takes part in social activities at a particular time Anne has been ill but now she's back in circulation. I was out of circulation for months after the baby was born.
  4. 4[countable, usually singular] the usual number of copies of a newspaper or magazine that are sold each day, week, etc. a daily circulation of more than one million See related entries: Journalism
  5. 5[uncountable, countable] the movement of something (for example air, water, gas, etc.) around an area or inside a system or machine Poor air circulation can cause condensation.
  6. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting continuous distillation of a liquid): from Latin circulatio(n-), from the verb circulare, from circulus ‘small ring’, diminutive of circus ‘ring’.Extra examples I have poor circulation. I’ve got poor circulation. Restricted circulation of the report will reduce the risk of leaks outside the ministry. The new banknotes will go into general circulation next year. The newspaper has a daily circulation of 20 000. the amount of money in circulation to have a massage to stimulate your circulation Disease can spread more easily in an environment with damp and poor air circulation. People with poor circulation are more likely to suffer from the condition. The design of the shoe allows for a greater circulation of air around the foot, keeping it cool.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: circulation