verb (used without object), circulated, circulating.
to move in a circle or circuit; move or pass through a circuit back to the starting point: Blood circulates throughout the body.
to pass from place to place, from person to person, etc.: She circulated among her guests.
to be distributed or sold, especially over a wide area.
Library Science. (of books and other materials) to be available for borrowing by patrons of a library for a specified period of time.
verb (used with object), circulated, circulating.
to cause to pass from place to place, person to person, etc.; disseminate; distribute: to circulate a rumor.
Library Science. to lend (books and other materials) to patrons of a library for a specified period of time.

1425–75 for earlier senses; 1665–75 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin circulātus (past participle of circulārī to gather round one, Medieval Latin circulāre to encircle), equivalent to circul(us) circle + -ātus -ate1

circulatable, adjective
circulative [sur-kyuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] , adjective
circulatory [sur-kyuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
intercirculate, verb, intercirculated, intercirculating.
noncirculating, adjective
noncirculatory, adjective
precirculate, verb, precirculated, precirculating.
recirculate, verb, recirculated, recirculating.
uncirculated, adjective
uncirculating, adjective
uncirculative, adjective
well-circulated, adjective

3. disperse, spread, promulgate. Unabridged
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circulate (ˈsɜːkjʊˌleɪt)
1.  to send, go, or pass from place to place or person to person: don't circulate the news
2.  to distribute or be distributed over a wide area
3.  to move or cause to move through a circuit, system, etc, returning to the starting point: blood circulates through the body
4.  to move in a circle: the earth circulates around the sun
[C15: from Latin circulārī to assemble in a circle, from circuluscircle]

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Word Origin & History

1471, as a chemical term for alternating vaporization and condensation, from L. circulatus, pp. of circulare, from circulus (see circle). Meaning "to move around, revolve" is from 1670s; of blood, from 1656; of persons, "to mingle in a social gathering," from 1863. Sense
of "to pass about freely" is from 1664; of newspapers from 1885. Related: Circulating (1630s).

1605, of blood, from L. circulatorius, from circulator, agent noun from circulare, from circulus "small ring" (see circle). Circulatory system is recorded from 1862.
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Medical Dictionary

circulatory cir·cu·la·to·ry (sûr'kyə-lə-tôr'ē)

  1. Relating to circulation.

  2. Relating to the circulatory system.

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Science Dictionary
circulate   (sûr'kyə-lāt')  Pronunciation Key 
To move in or flow through a circle or a circuit. Blood circulates through the body as it flows out from the heart to the tissues and back again.
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Example sentences
He went to two different doctors for the swollen leg, caused by his compromised
  circulatory system from the cancer.
Far more serious is the possibility that the clot, or a piece of it, splits off
  and starts racing round the circulatory system.
Owing to circulatory problems, he has trouble walking and is blind in one eye.
Deft manipulation of perspective gives viewers a detailed look inside the human
  circulatory system.
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