circulate

To circulate is to move continuously in a specific circuit, often in a circle. A ceiling fan circulates cool air around the room on a warm day.

Blood circulates through your body, pumped from your heart through veins and arteries — your circulatory system — and delivering oxygen to your tissues. This system is closed, meaning the blood stays in your body, bringing oxygenated blood back to your heart. People circulate when they move around a room at a party, chatting with different people, and rumors circulate when they're passed in a circle, from person to person. Circulate comes from the Latin circulare, "to form a circle."

Primary Meanings of circulate

1.
v
move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point
2.
v
become widely known and passed on
Full Definitions of circulate
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v move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point

“Blood circulates in my veins”
“The air here does not circulate
Types:
ventilate
circulate through and freshen
Type of:
course, feed, flow, run
move along, of liquids

v move in circles

Synonyms:
circle
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orb, orbit, revolve
move in an orbit
troll
circulate, move around
loop
fly loops, perform a loop
loop
move in loops
retrograde
move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v move around freely

“She circulates among royalty”
Types:
drift
move in an unhurried fashion
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v cause to move in a circuit or system

“The fan circulates the air in the room”
Types:
convect
circulate hot air by convection
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v cause to move around

circulate a rumor”
Synonyms:
mobilise, mobilize
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v cause to be distributed

“This letter is being circulated among the faculty”
Synonyms:
distribute, pass around, pass on
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send around
forward to others
utter
put into circulation
scatter, spread, spread out
strew or distribute over an area
circularise, circularize
distribute circulars to
manure, muck
spread manure, as for fertilization
birdlime, lime
spread birdlime on branches to catch birds
circumfuse
spread something around something
distribute
spread throughout a given area
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
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v become widely known and passed on

Synonyms:
go around, spread
broadcast, circularise, circularize, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
cause to become widely known
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v cause to become widely known

circulate a rumor”
Synonyms:
broadcast, circularise, circularize, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
go around, spread
become widely known and passed on
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podcast
distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
sow
introduce into an environment
generalise, generalize, popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize
cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
carry, run
include as the content; broadcast or publicize
Type of:
air, bare, publicise, publicize
make public

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