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Definition of cycle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the fact of a series of events being repeated many times, always in the same order the cycle of the seasons They could not break the cycle of harvest failure, food shortage, price increase and misery. see also life cycle
  2. 2a complete set or series, for example of movements in a machine eight cycles per second the rinse cycle (= in a washing machine)
  3. 3a bicycle or motorcycle see also bike
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cycle