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verb circle pronunciation in American English /ˈsɜrk(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycircle
he/she/itcircles
present participlecircling
past tensecircled
past participlecircled
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to draw a circle around something
    Someone had circled the next paragraph in red.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move in a circle in the air
    Vultures circled in slow spirals above the camp.
    The plane continued to circle the airport, waiting for permission to land.
    1. a.
      to move in a circle on the ground
      The dog circled him, barking.
      circle around: The two men began circling slowly around each other.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to form a circle around something
    Her arms circled his neck.

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