circle

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈs3ːrkəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈsɝkəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(sûrkəl)


Inflections of 'circle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
circles
v 3rd person singular
circling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
circled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
circled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020

circle

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. a [half, full, semi-] circle
  2. [a complete, an incomplete] circle
  3. [draw, paint, make] a circle (on)
  4. [draw] a circle around the
  5. in the shape of a circle
  6. the [radius, diameter, area, circumference, center] of the circle
  7. the circle's [radius]
  8. idiom: (try to) square the circle
  9. The [story, day] has come (around) full circle.
  10. has gone full circle (now)
  11. [seems, is] like a vicious circle
  12. has a wide circle of [power, influence, allies]
  13. her [close, wide, select, immediate] circle of friends
  14. is a [member, part] of her inner circle
  15. a circle of [artists, dancers, performers]
  16. have been driving around in circles (for hours)
  17. We're going around in circles!
  18. the circle of life
  19. has dark circles under her eyes
v
  1. circle the [correct, right, best] answer
  2. circle [it] with a [pen, pencil, marker]
  3. vultures were circling [over our heads, overhead, around]
  4. circle the globe
  5. the [aircraft, plane, helicopter] was circling (the area)
  6. was circled by a [wall, fence]
  7. the [wall] circled the [city, castle, field]
  8. circle back (around)
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