cycle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “cycle” in the English Dictionary

"cycle" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈsaɪ.kl̩/

cycle noun (BICYCLE)

B2 UK [C] a ​bicycle
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cycle noun (SERIES)

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


[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 ​successiveevenings.

cycleverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈsaɪ.kl̩/
B1 to ​ride a ​bicycle
noun [U] uk   us   /-klɪŋ/
A2 mainly UK We did a lot of cycling in France last ​year.
(Definition of cycle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cycle" in American English

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cyclenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsɑɪ·kəl/

cycle noun [C] (BICYCLE)

short form of bicycle

cycle noun [C] (SERIES)

a ​complete set of ​events that ​repeat themselves ​regularly in the same ​order, or a ​regularlyrepeatedperiod of ​time: Some ​economistspredict the ​business cycle will ​turndownward.
(Definition of cycle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cycle" in Business English

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cyclenoun [C]

uk   us   /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 ​successfulperiodsfollowed by less ​successfulperiods that often ​happens in an ​industry, a ​market, a ​business, etc.: Normally, the ​business has cycles, and every 10 ​years it ​peaks. If you ​sellgoods in a ​seasonalindustry, then cycles ofconsumerdemand 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 ​singlesuccessfulperiod, ​period of ​failure, etc. that is ​part of a ​regularseries: 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 ​offeringfinancialcounseling and ​paymentplans.
a ​regularperiod 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 ​boostmanufacturingproductivity.
(Definition of cycle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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