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circle

noun uk   /ˈsɜː.kl̩/  us   /ˈsɝː-/

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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circle noun (UPPER FLOOR)

the circle [S] UK an upper floor in a theatre or cinema where people sit to watch the performance: Shall I get seats in the circle or in the stalls?

circle

verb uk   /ˈsɜː.kl̩/  us   /ˈsɝː-/
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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