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circle

noun [C]  /ˈsɜr·kəl/ us  

circle noun [C] (SHAPE)

geometry a continuous curved line which is always the same distance away from a fixed central point, or the area enclosed by such a line: Colored paper was cut into circles, squares, and triangles. A circle of chairs had been arranged in the center of the room.

circle noun [C] (GROUP)

a group of people who are connected by family, work, or society, or who share an interest: There’s a small circle of people who sell and exhibit their work at the same shows. The mayor’s inner circle met with him throughout the crisis to give advice.

circle

verb [I/T]  /ˈsɜr·kəl/ us  

circle verb [I/T] (SHAPE)

fig. If you circle around a subject, you talk about things related to it, often to avoid talking about the subject itself: [I] He circled around the idea of paying authors more for their books.
(Definition of circle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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