from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move in or flow through a circle or circuit: blood circulating through the body.
- intransitive v. To move around, as from person to person or place to place: a guest circulating at a party.
- intransitive v. To move about or flow freely, as air.
- intransitive v. To spread widely among persons or places; disseminate: Gossip tends to circulate quickly.
- transitive v. To cause to move about or be distributed: Please circulate these fliers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to move in circles or through a circuit
- v. to cause (a person or thing) to move in circles or through a circuit
- v. to move from person to person, as at a party
- v. to spread or disseminate
- v. to become widely known
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To move in a circle or circuitously; to move round and return to the same point.
- intransitive v. To pass from place to place, from person to person, or from hand to hand; to be diffused
- transitive v. To cause to pass from place to place, or from person to person; to spread.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To travel round; make a circuit of.
- To cause to pass from place to place or from person to person; spread; disseminate: as, to circulate, a report; to circulate bills of credit.
- To move in a circle or circuit; move or pass through a circuit back to the starting-point: as, the blood circulates in the body; the bottle circulated about the table.
- To be diffused or distributed; pass from place to place, from person to person, or from hand to hand: as, air circulates in a building; money circulates in the country; the report circulated throughout the city.
- n. A circulating decimal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move in circles
- v. become widely known and passed on
- v. move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point
- v. cause to move around
- v. move around freely
- v. cause to move in a circuit or system
- v. cause to become widely known
- v. cause be distributed
From Middle English circulat, continuously distilled, from Latin circulātus, past participle of circulāre, to make circular, from circulus, circle; see circle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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") (Wiktionary)