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verb     circulate pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participlecirculating
past tensecirculated
past participlecirculated
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move around continuously inside a system or area, or to make something do this

    a machine designed to circulate warm air

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if information or ideas circulate, one person talks or writes about them to another, so that more and more people start to know about them

    Rumors began to circulate that the chairman was going to resign.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to send something to all the members of a group of people
    circulate something to someone:

    The letter has been circulated to shareholders.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to move around at a party or social occasion, talking to different people
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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