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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Late Latin cyclus, from Greek kyklos 'circle, wheel, cycle'

cycle

1 noun
     
cy‧cle1 S3 W3 [countable]
1TMC a number of related events that happen again and again in the same order:
a woman's menstrual cycle
cycle of
the cycle of the seasons
Sometimes the only way to break the cycle of violence in the home is for the wife to leave.
life cycle

➔ vicious cycle

at vicious circle
2TTBTTC especially British English a bicycle or motorcycle:
cycle routes
3DT the period of time needed for a machine to finish a process:
This washing machine has a 50-minute cycle.
4A a group of songs, poems etc that are all about a particular important event

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