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Meaning of “circulate” in the English Dictionary

"circulate" in British English

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circulateverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈsɜː.kjʊ.leɪt/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
to go around or through something, or to make something go around or through something: Hot ​water circulates through the ​heatingsystem. I've circulated a good ​luckcard for everyone to ​sign. to ​move around at a ​party, etc., ​talking to different ​people : I ​try to circulate at a ​party and not just ​stay with the ​friends I came with.
(Definition of circulate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"circulate" in American English

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circulateverb

 us   /ˈsɜr·kjəˌleɪt/
to move around or through: [T] circulate a ​letter/​memo/​proposal [I] Hot ​water circulates through the ​pipes. biology Blood circulates inside the ​body by ​moving from the ​heart through the ​arteries and back to the ​heart through the ​veins.
(Definition of circulate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"circulate" in Business English

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circulateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈsɜːkjəleɪt/
to ​send something such as ​information, ​ideas, or ​documents from one ​person to another: Management will be circulating a ​supplementaryreport at the ​budgetmeeting. News of her ​retirement quickly circulated around the ​office.
(Definition of circulate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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