cycle

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Cycle is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

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Noun[change]

Singular
cycle

Plural
cycles

A 4-part engine cycle
  1. A cycle is a number of regular things that happen again and again.
    Right now we are in an upward-moving part of the business cycle.
    Although women's monthly cycles vary in length from person to person, the average length is about 28 days.
    Most car engines have a 4-part cycle.
  2. A cycle is a short way of saying bicycle or motorcycle.

Synonyms[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
cycle

Third-person singular
cycles

Past tense
cycled

Past participle
cycled

Present participle
cycling

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you cycle somewhere, you go there by bicycle or motorcycle.
    The rain was falling harder than ever as I cycled home down the Banbury Road.
    It took me less than 7 minutes to cycle the whole trail.
  2. (transitive) If you cycle a machine, you run it through one cycle.
    The test will cycle the computer through ten start ups.

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