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cycle

noun uk   /ˈsaɪ.kl̩/ us  

cycle noun (BICYCLE)

B2 [C] a bicycle
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cycle noun (SERIES)

B2 [C] a group of events that happen in a particular order, one following the other, and are often repeated: the life cycle of a moth [C] one in a series of movements that a machine performs: the washing machine's spin cycle

cycle noun (LITERATURE/MUSIC)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of plays, poems, songs, etc. written by one person and connected with each other by dealing with the same characters or ideas: It's one in a cycle of plays that are being performed on successive evenings.

cycle

verb [I] uk   /ˈsaɪ.kl̩/ us  
B1 to ride a bicycle
cycling
noun [U] uk   /-klɪŋ/ us  
A2 We did a lot of cycling in France last year.
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