• noun: a perfectly round shape
  • noun: a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve
  • verb: to form a circle around (something)
  • verb: to enclose in or as if in a circle
  • often used figuratively
  • synonyms: ring, alentours, alternate


  • The company has come up with some new products that will 'run circles around' the competition. [=that will be much better than the competition; that will easily beat the competition]

  • We've been trying to decide how to improve the system, but we just keep 'going around in circles'. [=we are not making any progress toward making a decision]

  • Now that she's back on the stage, her career has 'come/gone full circle'. [=her career began on the stage, and now she has returned to it]

Movie quotes

  • (..) important job just for you. - Really. - Uh-heh. Follow me. - What are you doing? - And there. Perfect. This is the circle of sadness. Your job is to make sure that all the sadness stays inside of it. So, you want me just to stand here? Hey, it's not my place to tell you how to do your job. Just make sure that all... the sadness stays in the circle. See. You're a pro at this. Isn't this fun? - No. - Atta girl. Alright everyone, fresh start. (..)
    2015 Inside Out