Circle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɜːrkl|  American pronunciation of the word circle
Brit.  |ˈsɜːk(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word circle


- ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point
he calculated the circumference of the circle
- an unofficial association of people or groups (syn: band, lot, set)
- something approximating the shape of a circle
the chairs were arranged in a circle
- movement once around a course (syn: circuit, lap)
- a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island (syn: rotary, roundabout)
- street names for flunitrazepan (syn: roach, rope)
- a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra
they had excellent seats in the dress circle
- any circular or rotating mechanism (syn: round)
the machine punched out metal circles


- travel around something
circle the globe
- move in a circular path above (someone or something)
the plane circled, looking for a landing spot
- form or draw a circle around (syn: encircle)
encircle the errors

Extra examples

She drew a circle around the correct answer.

We formed a circle around the campfire.

He looked old and tired, with dark circles under his eyes.

She has a large circle of friends.

She is well-known in banking circles.

He circled his arms around his wife's waist.

His arms circled around his wife's waist.

She circled the correct answer.

The pilot circled the airport before landing.

The halfback circled to the left.

Antarctic Circle

In the circle of seas.

The news was well known in the circle.

Within the circle of life.

I circled a rice meadow with dikes.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: circle
he/she/it: circles
present participle: circling
past tense: circled
past participle: circled
singular: circle
plural: circles
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