Etymology
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circulate (v.)

1540s as a chemical term in reference to alternating vaporization and condensation, from Latin circulatus, past participle of circulare "to form a circle," from circulus "small ring" (see circle (n.)).

Intransitive sense of "to pass about freely, pass from place to place or person to person" is from 1660s; of newspapers from 1885. Of blood, "to flow in a continuous circuit," from 1650s; of persons, "to mingle in a social gathering," from 1863. Related: Circulated; circulating.

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Definitions of circulate

circulate (v.)
become widely known and passed on;
Synonyms: go around / spread
circulate (v.)
cause to become widely known;
circulate a rumor
Synonyms: circularize / circularise / distribute / disseminate / propagate / broadcast / spread / diffuse / disperse / pass around
circulate (v.)
cause to be distributed;
This letter is being circulated among the faculty
Synonyms: pass around / pass on / distribute
circulate (v.)
move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point;
Blood circulates in my veins
The air here does not circulate
circulate (v.)
cause to move in a circuit or system;
The fan circulates the air in the room
circulate (v.)
move around freely from person to person or from place to place;
She circulates among royalty
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