Definition of in (or out of) circulation in English:

in (or out of) circulation

phrase

  • 1Available (or unavailable) to the public; in (or not in) general use.

    ‘there is a huge volume of video material in circulation’
    • ‘In normal circumstances, the amount of money in circulation should have gone up by about £400m since this time last year.’
    • ‘Tickets are now in circulation and are available from any committee member.’
    • ‘The scheme has taken more money out of circulation than I expected.’
    • ‘There are at any moment in Silicon Valley about 10,000 business plans in circulation, looking for money.’
    • ‘At present, there are over 190 copies of the video in circulation.’
    • ‘Sponsorship cards were also in circulation on the day and still available for anyone who wishes to donate.’
    • ‘The memory cell remains in circulation, ready to respond to reintroduction of the antigen.’
    • ‘The draft document should be in circulation by December, with the final document ready to be presented to government by May next year.’
    • ‘Up to the 16th century, the amount of cash in circulation was more or less determined by the amount of gold discovered.’
    • ‘Despite its reputation as a cult classic, Blue Velvet has nevertheless been out of circulation for years.’
    around, about, in existence, current, going on, prevailing, prevalent, widespread, pervasive, endemic, happening, in the air, abroad
    1. 1.1Used of a person who is seen (or not seen) in public.
      ‘Anne had made a good recovery and was back in circulation’
      • ‘The convicted smuggler reveals this was one of a number of ‘sting’ operations arranged with the authorities, some of which conveniently took rival gangsters out of circulation.’
      • ‘The councillor said the drop in crime figures was down to the fact that some people had been taken out of circulation for the past six months.’
      • ‘Habitual teenage criminals are sent straight back home to continue terrorising their districts rather than being taken out of circulation.’
      • ‘My officers are putting a major effort into driving down crime by taking large numbers of criminals out of circulation.’
      • ‘They are dangerous, they are callous and they need taking out of circulation as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘With his newly-found free time, Rogers took stock of himself - 58, healthy, educated - and realized he wasn't ready to be taken out of circulation.’