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circle
British English: /ˈsəːk(ə)l/
American English: /ˈsərk(ə)l/

Translation of circle in Italian:

noun

  • 1 to form a circle
    (objects)
    formare un cerchio
    (people)
    fare un cerchio (around attorno a)
    to sit in a circle
    sedersi in cerchio
    to move, swim in circles
    muoversi, nuotare in tondo
    to go round in circles
    girare in tondo (also figurative)

transitive verb

  • 1 (move round)
    (plane, helicopter)
    girare intorno a (airport, tower)
    (satellite)
    gravitare, orbitare intorno a (planet)
    (person, animal, vehicle)
    fare il giro di (square, building)
    girare intorno a (person, animal)
    they circled each other
    si giravano intorno l'un l'altro

intransitive verb

  • (helicopter, plane, vulture)
    girare in tondo, volteggiare (above, over sopra)
    (predator, vehicle, horseman)
    girare in tondo (around attorno a)
    as we walked along, the helicopter circled overhead
    mentre camminavamo l'elicottero volteggiava su di noi

Idioms

to come full circle

(person, situation)
ritornare al punto di partenza

the wheel has come o turned full circle

to have circles under one's eyes

avere gli occhi cerchiati

to square the circle

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