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verb British English pronunciation: circle /ˈsɜː(r)k(ə)l/ 
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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

    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.

  2. 3
    [transitive] to draw a circle around something

    Someone had circled the next paragraph.

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