business cycle

noun

: a cycle of economic activity usually consisting of recession, recovery, growth, and decline

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With the large baby boom generation aging out of the labor force and restrained foreign immigration, firms realize their number-one problem through the vagaries of the business cycle will be finding and retaining good workers. Mark Zandi, CNN, 5 Jan. 2023 For the experts, economic challenges and even recessions are an inevitable part of the business cycle. Shirin Etessam, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 In fact, their work, especially in a seminal 1982 paper, demonstrated that supply-side shifts explained the vast majority of changes in the business cycle since the end of World War II. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Nov. 2022 In fact, their work, especially in a seminal 1982 paper, demonstrated that supply-side shifts explained the vast majority of changes in the business cycle since the end of World War II. Clay Risen, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 People get sick no matter where the country is in the business cycle. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 New capital investments on this scale may simply be too risky at this stage of the business cycle for many investors. Allan Marks, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Every business cycle is unique, and comparing one era to another often yields incorrect conclusions. Arthur Laffer And Stephen Moore, WSJ, 1 May 2022 This new economic era could be an entirely new business cycle, one Pick says could be defined by higher borrowing rates than consumers have grown accustomed to over the past decade-and-a-half. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 6 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of business cycle was in 1858

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“Business cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/business%20cycle. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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