Circulate Cir"cu*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Circulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circulating}.] [L. circulatus, p. p. of circulare, v. t., to surround, make round, circulari, v. i., to gather into a circle. See {Circle}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To move in a circle or circuitously; to move round and return to the same point; as, the blood circulates in the body. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. To pass from place to place, from person to person, or from hand to hand; to be diffused; as, money circulates; a story circulates. [1913 Webster]

{Circulating decimal}. See {Decimal}.

{Circulating library}, a library whose books are loaned to the public, usually at certain fixed rates.

{Circulating medium}. See {Medium}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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