Definition of circularize in English:


Syllabification: cir·cu·lar·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈsərkyələˌrīz


[with object]
  • 1Distribute a large number of letters, leaflets, or questionnaires to (a group of people) in order to advertise something or canvas opinion.
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    • Companies, firms, businesses and individuals have been circularised and may contact any of the following regarding sponsorship and/or entries.
    • They only realised the full implications of the story when they were forwarded the e-mail that had been circularised to the national media.
    • Some customers locally have been given notice of the impending closure, but not all houses appear to have been circularised as yet.
  • 2 Biochemistry Make (a stretch of DNA) into a circular loop.
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    • The plasmid DNA was then circularized with ligase and used to transform E. coli.
    • Upon injection into the cell, the cohesive ends anneal and are ligated, circularizing the chromosome.
    • The digested DNA was circularized by self-ligation.



Pronunciation: /ˌsərkyələrəˈzāSHən/
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  • Ira provided a very convincing argument that, after infection, late gene expression must require circularization of the injected DNA.
  • A large pool of DNA sequences was investigated by different authors, and their propensity to circularization was experimentally determined and predicted by theoretical approaches.
  • Direct evidence for RNA circularization is shown in this illustration.

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