circle

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noun
1 shape
ADJECTIVE
complete, full

The stones form a complete circle.

How long does it take for the dial to rotate through a full circle?

concentric
widening

The water rippled in widening circles around the fountain.

overlapping

a design of overlapping circles

tight

He turned the car in a tight circle.

half
Antarctic, Arctic, polar
VERB + CIRCLE
draw, trace
describe (technical), go around in, go round in (esp. BrE)

If you follow the signs you find yourself going around in a circle.

form, make
cut out
PREPOSITION
in a/the circle

The children stood in a circle.

The planets move in circles around the sun.

circle of
PHRASES
the area of a circle, the circumference of a circle, the diameter of a circle, the radius of a circle
the centre/center of a circle, the middle of a circle
2 group of people
ADJECTIVE
wide

She has a wide circle of acquaintances.

narrow, small
charmed, close, closed, elite, intimate, magic, select

He invited only a select circle of friends to the wedding.

exalted, high
immediate

They treat anyone outside their immediate circle with suspicion.

inner

He's joined the inner circles of the court early in his career.

academic, aristocratic, artistic, business, court, diplomatic, government, intellectual, literary, official, political, royal, scientific, social, theatrical circles

She moves in the highest social circles.

family
VERB + CIRCLE
have
move in

My brother and I move in completely different circles (= we have very different friends).

join
expand, widen

You need to widen your circle of friends.

PREPOSITION
in a/the circle

Talk of religion was forbidden in the family circle.

friends in government circles

PHRASES
a circle of acquaintances, a circle of admirers, a circle of friends
3 (BrE) rows of seats in a theatre/theater
ADJECTIVE
dress, upper

My seat is in the front row of the dress circle.

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verb
1 move in a circle
ADVERB
slowly

The helicopter was circling slowly, very low.

overhead

A buzzard was circling overhead.

PREPOSITION
above

Several planes were circling above the airport.

around, round (esp. BrE)

The vultures were already circling around the dead animal.

2 draw a circle around sth
PHRASES
circle sth in black, red, etc.

She circled her birthday in red on the calendar.

Circle is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arm, ↑bird, ↑eagle, ↑helicopter, ↑seagull, ↑shark, ↑vulture
Circle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑earth, ↑globe, ↑prey

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Circle — Cir cle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circling}.] [OE. cerclen, F. cercler, fr. L. circulare to make round. See {Circle}, n., and cf. {Circulate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To move around; to revolve around. [1913 Webster] Other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Circle D — KC Estates, TX U.S. Census Designated Place in Texas Population (2000): 2010 Housing Units (2000): 847 Land area (2000): 9.274671 sq. miles (24.021286 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.034981 sq. miles (0.090601 sq. km) Total area (2000): 9.309652 sq …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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