Cycle

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Repetitive PatternPlay
The term emphasizes events that repeat in a predictable sequence. SlideEconomic booms and recessions form the business cycle.
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Natural ProcessesPlay
'Cycle' often refers to processes in nature or biology that are continuous. SlideThe water cycle shows how water evaporates and falls as rain.
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Figurative UsePlay
Used metaphorically to describe recurring situations in life or history. SlideThe cycle of poverty can be hard to break.