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Meaning of “circle” in the English Dictionary

"circle" in British English

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circlenoun

uk   /ˈsɜː.kl̩/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
  • circle noun (SHAPE)

A2 [C] a ​continuouscurvedline, the ​points of which are always the same ​distance away from a ​fixedcentralpoint, or the ​area inside such a ​line: Colouredpaper was ​cut into circles. We ​sat in a circle.

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  • circle noun (GROUP)

B2 [C] a ​group of ​people with ​family, ​work, or ​socialconnections: The ​subject was never ​discussedoutside the family circle. She's not one of my ​close circle of ​friends. We never ​meet these ​days - we move in different circles (= do not have the same ​group of ​friends).

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  • circle noun (UPPER FLOOR)

the circle [S] UK an ​upperfloor in a ​theatre or ​cinema where ​peoplesit to ​watch the ​performance: Shall I get ​seats in the circle or in the ​stalls?

circleverb

uk   /ˈsɜː.kl̩/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
C2 [I or T] to ​move in a circle, often around something: The ​plane circled for an ​hour before ​receivingpermission to ​land. Security ​staff circled the ​grounds of the ​house with ​guarddogs every ​hour.B1 [T] to ​draw a circle around something: Circle the ​answer you ​think is ​correct.
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(Definition of circle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"circle" in American English

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circlenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɜr·kəl/
  • circle noun [C] (SHAPE)

geometry a ​continuouscurvedline which is always the same ​distance away from a ​fixedcentralpoint, or the ​areaenclosed 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 ​exhibittheirwork at the same ​shows. The mayor’s ​inner circle ​met with him ​throughout the ​crisis to give ​advice.

circleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈsɜr·kəl/
  • circle verb [I/T] (SHAPE)

fig. If you circle around a ​subject, you ​talk about things ​related to it, often to ​avoidtalking about the ​subject itself: [I] He circled around the ​idea of ​payingauthors more for ​theirbooks.
(Definition of circle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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