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"circulation" in British English

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circulationnoun

uk   /ˌsɜː.kjʊˈleɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌsɝː-/
[U] the ​process in which something such as ​information, ​money, or ​goodspasses from one ​person to another: Police have ​warned that there are a lot of ​fake £50 ​notes in circulation. Add her ​name to the circulation list for this ​report (= the ​people who will be given it to ​read).figurative I ​hear she's out of circulation/back in circulation (= taking ​part/not taking ​part in ​socialactivities) after her ​accident.C2 [C usually singular] the ​number of ​people that a ​newspaper or ​magazine is ​regularlysold to: The ​paper has a circulation of 150,000.C2 [U] the ​movement of ​blood around the ​body: Exercise ​helps to ​improve circulation.
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(Definition of circulation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"circulation" in American English

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circulationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌsɜr·kjəˈlei·ʃən/
biology the ​movement of ​blood inside the ​body Circulation is also the ​movement of ​air or ​water in a ​space or ​system: [U] The ​fans in the ​air circulation ​system make a lot of ​noise. A ​magazine or newspaper’s circulation is the ​number of ​people who ​read it: [C] The Chronicle has a ​daily circulation of 505,000. If something is in circulation, it is ​available: [U] Are the new ​dollarcoins in circulation ​yet? If something is out of circulation, it is not ​available: [U] The ​companytakesitsmovies out of circulation, then ​shows them again. [U] fig.infml She’s been out of circulation since her ​accident.
(Definition of circulation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"circulation" in Business English

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circulationnoun

uk   us   /ˌsɜːkjəˈleɪʃən/
[U] ECONOMICS, MONEY the use of a particular ​type of ​money or ​paymentsystem in the ​economy: withdraw from/take out of circulation Many ​Europeancurrencies were ​withdrawn from circulation after the ​euro was ​adopted.come into/go into/be put into circulation The new $100 ​bills will go into circulation early next ​year. Within just five ​years, the ​number of ​creditcards in circulation had ​tripled.
[usually singular] COMMUNICATIONS the typical ​number of ​copies of a ​newspaper or ​magazine that are ​sold every day, week, or month: a circulation of sth It has a ​daily circulation of 400,000, making it the second-largest ​newspaper in the country.
[U] the ​act of ​sendinggoods or ​information from one ​person to another or from one ​place to another: the circulation of sth Despite the circulation of the ​memo, the company's ​stockprice in recent days has been ​soaring.
(Definition of circulation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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