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circulate

cir·cu·late

circulate

 
pronunciation:
suhr ky leIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: circulated, circulates, circulating
definition 1: to move or flow continuously along a closed path or system.
Blood circulates through the arteries and veins of the body.Water circulates through the heating system.
synonyms:
flow
similar words:
course, go, run, stream, travel
definition 2: to move around from person to person or from place to place.
He likes to circulate among the guests at the party.Gossip circulates quickly in a small town.A rumour about the couple breaking up is circulating around Hollywood.
similar words:
circuit, come out, diffuse, issue, make the rounds, mix, pass, propagate, socialize, spread, travel
definition 3: to move or flow about without restriction, as air.
The fan helps the air to circulate through the rooms.
synonyms:
diffuse, move
similar words:
blow, flow, spread, stream
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cause to move around; spread widely; distribute.
Who circulated that rumor?They circulated a lot of fliers to announce their event.
synonyms:
disseminate, distribute, spread
similar words:
broadcast, carry, disperse, issue, move, noise, pass, propagate, publicize, threw
derivations: circulative (adj.), circulatory (adj.), circulator (n.)
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The word circulate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).