circle - definition and synonyms

 
verb 

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/ˈsɜː(r)k(ə)l/
present tense
I/you/we/theycircle
he/she/itcircles
present participlecircling
past tensecircled
past participlecircled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move in a circle in the air

    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.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to form a circle around something

    Her arms circled his neck.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to draw a circle around something

    Someone had circled the next paragraph.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if people are circling, they are watching a situation and waiting for an opportunity to get something they want
  5.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    5
    circle the drain to be about to die, fail or disappear

    Our economy is circling the drain and all we have is a plan to make a plan.

    Doctors told me I had circled the drain for several days at Rancho Springs Hospital and doctors there thought I was going to die.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/02/2015