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English definition of “circulate”

circulate

verb     /ˈsɜːkjəleɪt/
INFORMATION [I] If information circulates, a lot of people hear about it: Rumours are circulating that the mayor is going to resign.Announcing, informing and stating
SEND INFORMATION [T] to give or send information to a group of people: A copy of the report was circulated to each director.Announcing, informing and stating
MOVE [I, T] to move around or through something, or to make something move around or through something: Hot water circulates through the pipes.General words for movement
(Definition of circulate verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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