from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To publicize with circulars.
  • transitive v. To canvass or poll using a questionnaire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To publicize something by publishing and distributing circulars.
  • v. To canvass opinion by using a questionnaire.
  • v. To make something circular in shape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make circular.
  • To bring to the notice or attention of by means of circulars; send circulars to (possible patrons) by way of advertisement: as, to circularize the clergy; to circularize investors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. canvass by using a questionnaire
  • v. cause to become widely known
  • v. distribute circulars to
  • v. make circular
  • v. canvass by distributing letters


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