cycle Definition

  • 1a series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order
  • 2a complete set or series
  • 3a bicycle or motorcycle

Using cycle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cycle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The water cycle involves evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

  • Example

    The business cycle goes through periods of growth and recession.

  • Example

    The washing machine is on a spin cycle.

  • Example

    He rode his cycle to work.

cycle Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for cycle

Idioms Using cycle

  • to stop a pattern of behavior that is harmful or negative


    She sought therapy to break the cycle of abusive relationships.

  • vicious cycle

    a situation in which one problem causes another problem that then makes the first problem worse


    Poverty and lack of education can create a vicious cycle that is difficult to escape.

  • the natural progression of birth, growth, reproduction, and death that occurs in all living things


    The cycle of life is a fundamental concept in many cultures and religions.

Phrases with cycle

  • the series of changes in the life of an organism, including reproduction and death


    The life cycle of a butterfly involves metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to pupa to adult.

  • the monthly cycle of changes in the female reproductive system, including ovulation and menstruation


    She tracks her menstrual cycle using a calendar.

  • the process by which carbon is exchanged between living organisms and the environment


    The carbon cycle plays a crucial role in regulating the Earth's climate.

Origins of cycle

from Greek 'kyklos', meaning 'circle'


Summary: cycle in Brief

The term 'cycle' [ˈsaɪkl] refers to a regularly repeated series of events or a complete set or series. It can also refer to a bicycle or motorcycle. Examples include the water cycle and the business cycle. Phrases like 'life cycle' and 'carbon cycle' denote specific processes, while idioms like 'break the cycle' and 'vicious cycle' describe patterns of behavior or problems. 'Cycle' can be used formally as 'sequence' or 'pattern,' or informally as 'loop' or 'round.'

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