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circulate among (someone or something)

To move through or within a group of people or things. Here, take this tray of hors d'oeuvres and circulate among the guests in the living room. There's a rumor circulating among the press corps that the senator is going to resign.
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circulate through (something)

1. Of a liquid, to travel through a system or network of pipes. Water doesn't seem to be circulating through the pipes from this point on, so there must be a clog.
2. To move through or within a group of people or things. Here, take this tray of hors d'oeuvres and circulate through the guests in the living room. There's a rumor circulating through the press corps that the senator is going to resign.
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circulate among someone or something

to move at random within a gathering of people or things. Karen circulated among the guests, serving drinks. The guests circulated among the various rooms in the house.
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circulate something through something

to route something through something; to make something travel through something. Walter circulated the memo from the boss through the department. I would like for you to circulate this through the members of the club.
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circulate through something

 
1. Lit. [for a fluid in a closed system of pipes or tubes] to flow through the various pathways of pipes and tubes. Cold water circulates through the entire building and keeps it cool. Blood circulates through the veins and arteries, reaching all parts of the body.
2. Fig. to move through a group of people or an area, from person to person. Rumors circulated through the department about Tom's retirement. Please circulate through the room and hand out these papers to each person.
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Forced-air systems circulate airborne particles including dust, pollen, mold, and allergens.
The results suggest that in the early stages of a pandemic, mutations that occur during replication do not become fixed so that a uniform consensus strain circulates for some time.
B cells circulate through the blood and into lymphoid tissues where T cells mature, so sticking onto B cells is a smart strategy for the AIDS virus, says Moir.
When light of just the right wavelength travels down a narrow waveguide (in effect, a wire for photons) close to the resonator, it leaks into the resonator, where it circulates. The circulating light, in turn, channels into another, nearby waveguide.
After spray-up, the table is moved into the press, which closes and circulates hot air through the preform, melting the binder.
Two parallel closed-loop ducts circulate hot (up to 572 F) and cold air.
Blood with the enriched hemoglobin then circulates through the body.
Now, a team of researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the University of California, San Diego, has found a way to channel the emitted laser light into a beam without greatly degrading the quality of the disk in which the light initially circulates.
This maze of lasers, switches, and optical fibers occupies a space about the size of a desk, stores programs, processes data, and calculates using light instead of electricity Information inside the computer circulates continually in the form of light pulses - except during the brief periods when light pulses are converted into electrical pulses to activate optical switches.