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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.
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"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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  • 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?

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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