- The definition of circulate means to move around or through.
- Blood moving through the body is an example of to circulate.
- Moving from one person to another at a party is an example of to circulate.
intransitive verbcirculated, circulating
- to move in a circle, circuit, or course and return to the same point, as blood through the body
- to go from person to person or from place to place; specif.,
- to move about freely, as air
- to move about as in society or at a party
- to be made widely known, felt, established, distributed, etc.
- to be distributed to a circle or mass of readers or collectors
Origin of circulate; from Classical Latin circulatus, past participle of circulari, to form a circle
verbcir·cu·lat·ed, cir·cu·lat·ing, cir·cu·lates
- To move in or flow through a circle or circuit: blood circulating through the body.
- To move around, as from person to person or place to place: a guest circulating at a party.
- To move about or flow freely, as air.
- To spread widely among persons or places; disseminate: Gossip tends to circulate quickly.
Origin of circulateFrom Middle English circulat, continuously distilled, from Latin circulātus, past participle of circulāre, to make circular, from circulus, circle; see circle.
(third-person singular simple present circulates, present participle circulating, simple past and past participle circulated)
From Latin circulatus, past participle of circulare (“make circular, encircle”), a later collateral form of circulari (“form a circle (of men) around one's self”), from circulus (“a circle”)