AskDefine | Define circulate

Dictionary Definition



1 become widely known and passed on; "the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office" [syn: go around, spread]
2 cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around]
3 cause to be distributed; "This letter is circulating among the faculty" [syn: pass around, pass on, distribute]
4 move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point; "Blood circulates in my veins"; "The air here does not circulate"
5 move in circles [syn: circle]
6 cause to move in a circuit or system; "The fan circulates the air in the room"
7 move around freely; "She circulates among royalty"
8 cause to move around; "circulate a rumor" [syn: mobilize, mobilise]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to move, or cause something to move, in circles or through a circuit
  2. to move from person to person, as at a party
  3. to spread or disseminate
  4. to become widely known


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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