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English verb: circulate

1. circulate (communication) become widely known and passed on


SamplesThe rumor spread.
The story went around in the office.


Synonymsgo around, spread


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Verb groupbroadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread

2. circulate (communication) cause to become widely known


SamplesSpread information.
Circulate a rumor.
Broadcast the news.


Synonymsbroadcast, circularise, circularize, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)air, bare, publicise, publicize


Narrower (hyponym)carry, generalise, generalize, podcast, popularise, popularize, run, sow, vulgarise, vulgarize


Causecirculate, go around, spread


Verb groupcirculate, go around, spread

3. circulate (motion) cause be distributed


SamplesThis letter is being circulated among the faculty.


Synonymsdistribute, pass around, pass on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)scatter, send around, spread, spread out, utter

4. circulate (motion) move through a space, circuit or system, returning to the starting point


SamplesBlood circulates in my veins.
The air here does not circulate.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)course, feed, flow, run


Narrower (hyponym)ventilate

5. circulate (motion) move in circles


Synonymscircle


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)loop, loop, orb, orbit, revolve, troll

6. circulate (motion) cause to move in a circuit or system


SamplesThe fan circulates the air in the room.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)convect


Causecirculate

7. circulate (motion) move around freely


SamplesShe circulates among royalty.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)drift

8. circulate (change) cause to move around


SamplesCirculate a rumor.


Synonymsmobilise, mobilize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Causemove









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