Definition of in or out of circulation in English:

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in (or out of) circulation

1Available (or unavailable) to the public: there is a huge volume of video material in circulation
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  • In normal circumstances, the amount of money in circulation should have gone up by about £400m since this time last year.
  • Tickets are now in circulation and are available from any committee member.
  • The scheme has taken more money out of circulation than I expected.
around, about, in existence, current, going on, prevailing, prevalent, widespread, pervasive, endemic, happening, in the air, abroad
1.1(Of a person) seen (or not seen) in public: Anne had made a good recovery and was back in circulation
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  • The convicted smuggler reveals this was one of a number of ‘sting’ operations arranged with the authorities, some of which conveniently took rival gangsters out of circulation.
  • The councillor said the drop in crime figures was down to the fact that some people had been taken out of circulation for the past six months.
  • Habitual teenage criminals are sent straight back home to continue terrorising their districts rather than being taken out of circulation.
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