Circulate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɜːrkjəleɪt|  American pronunciation of the word circulate
Brit.  |ˈsəːkjʊleɪt|  British pronunciation of the word circulate


- become widely known and passed on (syn: spread)
- cause to become widely known(syn: broadcast, circularise, circularize, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, propagate, spread)
- cause to be distributed(syn: distribute)
- move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point
- cause to move in a circuit or system
- move around freely from person to person or from place to place


Blood circulates through the body.

Steam circulates in the pipes.

A pump circulates the water through the filter.

Rumors are circulating around town.

The report circulated among the students.

Stories were circulated about mismanagement.

He is circulating a petition asking for a new election.

She circulated among her guests.

The host circulated among the guests.

Rumours circulated through the town.

Swimming helps to get the blood circulating through the muscles.

Ceiling fans circulated warm air around the room.

Rumours began circulating that the Prime Minister was seriously ill.

The group circulated petitions calling for a federal law to ban handguns.

Rumors circulated through the town.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: circulate
he/she/it: circulates
present participle: circulating
past tense: circulated
past participle: circulated
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