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English definition of “cycle”

cycle

noun [C]     /ˈsaɪkl/
a group of events that happen in a particular order , one following the other, and often repeated : Interest rates tend to move in cycles. Spending quickly becomes a vicious cycle - the more you have the more you spend .
ECONOMICS a pattern of successful periods followed by less successful periods that often happens in an industry , a market , a business , etc.: Normally , the business has cycles, and every 10 years it peaks . If you sell goods in a seasonal industry , then cycles of consumer demand are an important dimension of your environment .boom-and-bust/market cycles Security prices tend to move up and down over various market cycles and logic says to invest when prices are low . The company's markets had passed the bottom of the cycle and were slowly growing again.
ECONOMICS a single successful period , period of failure , etc. that is part of a regular series : a boom/down cycle The country is still in a boom cycle. The market is still in its growth cycle.a cycle of debt/poverty The Credit Union tries to wean borrowers off the cycle of debt by offering financial counseling and payment plans .
a regular period of time during which an activity , job , etc. is done: a two-year/3-month/ annual , etc. cycle a budget / planning / sales cycleproduct/product-development cycles They work to shorten product-development cycles and to boost manufacturing productivity .
→ See also the accounting cycle, billing cycle, business cycle, family life cycle, job cycle, Kondratieff cycle, life cycle
(Definition of cycle noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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