Meaning of “circle” in the English Dictionary

"circle" in British English

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circlenoun

uk /ˈsɜː.kəl/ us /ˈsɝː.kəl/

circle noun (SHAPE)

A2 [ C ] a continuous curved line, the points of which are always the same distance away from a fixed central point, or the area inside such a line:

Coloured paper 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 social connections:

The subject was never discussed outside 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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circleverb

uk /ˈsɜː.kəl/ us /ˈsɝː.kəl/

C2 [ I or T ] to move in a circle, often around something:

The plane circled for an hour before receiving permission to land.
Security staff circled the grounds of the house with guard dogs 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 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.

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 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)