Definition of 'circle'
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As fear ripples around their circle no one knows who they can truly trust. The Sun (2016)The same cameras showed that a car had been circling the area. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He called the entire squad into the centre circle. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The system is catastrophically failing to end the vicious circle of criminality. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Look for signs of how her inner circle is feeling. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We were circling round waiting for the course to clear and to be interviewed. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The aircraft circled the vessel for an hour before dwindling fuel reserves forced its return to Hawaii. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It feels like it's come full circle. The Sun (2016)And therefore I'm delighted to have this group circling us of young people who are working on these issues. Smithsonian Mag (2017)They arrived at an army checkpoint beside a highway that circles the city. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We must move people beyond merely sitting in rows in pews to sitting in circles in groups. Christianity Today (2000)What is the area of his circle divided by the area of mine? Times, Sunday Times (2011)You may see a new depth to some people in your circle this week. The Sun (2015)They circle like a bird feeling out for a rising thermal. Times, Sunday Times (2009)We have established a wide circle of friends. Times, Sunday Times (2007)For the entire night we walked around in circles. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The vicious circle is a basic pattern. Politics, Planning and the State (1990)They followed the fault line as it circled the jar all the way round to rejoin itself. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Today we seem to have come full circle. PLACEBO: The Belief Effect (2003)This would lead to circling in the air or being left on runways. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But she soon relaxed her grip to wave happily at the skiers below as they circled. The Sun (2007)You end up going round in circles. The Sun (2013)It circled the city monitoring mobile phone and computer traffic. The Sun (2007) Draw a circle for his eye. Times, Sunday Times (2010)This price based on upper circle tickets, top price stalls also available. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There are four eggs, arranged in a circle with their points inward. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Delays mount up as aircraft circle the skies, vainly waiting for a landing slot. Times, Sunday Times (2011)There, they drew a circle on the floor and continued work. Times, Sunday Times (2014)On wet days, it rains in the upper circle. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Student drama gave me a focal point, a circle of friends, many of my favourite student memories. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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Translations for 'circle'
British English: circle /ˈsɜːkl/ NOUN
A circle is a round shape. Every part of its edge is the same distance from the centre.
...a red flag with a large white circle in the centre.
- American English: circle
- Arabic: دَائِرَة
- Brazilian Portuguese: círculo
- Chinese: 圆形
- Croatian: krug
- Czech: kruh
- Danish: cirkel
- Dutch: cirkel
- European Spanish: círculo circunferencia
- Finnish: ympyrä
- French: cercle
- German: Kreis
- Greek: κύκλος
- Italian: cerchio
- Japanese: 円 丸
- Korean: 원
- Norwegian: sirkel
- Polish: koło
- European Portuguese: círculo
- Romanian: cerc
- Russian: круг
- Spanish: círculo
- Swedish: cirkel
- Thai: วงกลม
- Turkish: daire
- Ukrainian: коло
- Vietnamese: hình tròn
British English: circle VERB
If something circles an object or a place, or circles around it, it forms a circle around it.
This is the road that circles the city.
Definition of circle from the Collins English Dictionary
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