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

Translation of circle in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (shape) to draw a circle
    trazar un círculo or una circunferencia
    to come/go full circle
    volver al punto de partida
    fashion has now come full circle
    la moda ha dado un giro completo
    to go/run around (and around) in circlesthe negotiations seem to be going around in circles
    las negociaciones están estancadas or en un ( or una) impasse
    we're just running around in circles
    así no vamos a llegar a ninguna parte
    I was running around in circles trying to get everything ready
    estaba (dando vueltas) como loco tratando de tenerlo todo listo
    to square the circle
    hacer lo imposible
    tratar de lograr la cuadratura del círculo
    1.2 (of trees, houses, mountains)
    Example sentences
    • I don't know how they get white meat packed into the neat circles or oval shapes that they make chicken sandwich out of.
    • When the petals fall a large circle of beautifully shaped brown seeds are left arrayed in spirograph formation.
    • The beam of light aimed at the circle was in the shape of a circle.
    1.3 (around eye)
    ojera (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • His hair was wild, and dark circles hung below his eyes.
    • Her eyes were weary and bloodshot with deep dark circles under them.
    • I see dark circles under my bloodshot blue eyes and wrinkles from at least four years of undue stress.
  • 2 (British English) (Theater)dress circle
    primer piso (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • In the normal geometry of flat space, the diameter of a circle is its circumference divided by pi.
    • Pi, the ratio between a circle's diameter and circumference, has fascinated mathematicians for centuries.
    • We will locate a marker on the circumference of a circle.
  • 3 (group) their circle of friends/acquaintances
    su círculo de amigos/conocidos
    in political/military circles
    en círculos políticos/militares
    in business circles in other circles
    en otros medios
    Example sentences
    • I prefer a few close friends to a wide circle of acquaintances.
    • And at weekends they spend their hard-earned cash in pubs and clubs with a wide circle of interesting, cosmopolitan friends.
    • Little by little he forges around himself a circle of acquaintances and friends.

transitive verb

  • 1 (move around)
    dar vueltas alrededor de
    (be around)
    we circled the landing site
    sobrevolamos en círculo el lugar de aterrizaje
    Example sentences
    • Round and around they circled each other, lunging, stepping back, attacking and then defending.
    • Two dogs were circling each other in the enclosed space.
    • Turning to a working radar, we immediately spotted little white dots circling nearby Alcatraz Island.
    Example sentences
    • Seen from space, an aurora appears as a ring of energy circling a planet's polar region.
    • The steel fence circling the ‘promised land’ looked rather imposing.
    • Their house will be circled, surrounded.
  • 2 (draw circle around)
    trazar un círculo alrededor de
    Example sentences
    • As he held the classified section toward me, I noticed a hastily drawn line circling one of the ads.
    • Answer by circling the response that best describes you: Agree, Unsure, or Disagree
    • She went through the ads with her pen, circling some and putting a single line alongside others.

intransitive verb

  • dar vueltas
    volar en círculos
    to circle around something
    dar vueltas alrededor de algo

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