business cycle


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

Examples of business cycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even as narratives about the U.S. economy among top experts have waffled between jubilant relief and stubborn concern that the best of this business cycle was finished, in the aggregate the labor market has consistently been vibrant since 2022; almost uneventfully so. Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 In reality, there's a limit to what the White House can do to change things quickly, with the economy's performance tied to broad global and domestic business cycles beyond the president's control. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 8 Mar. 2024 Something that has been unique to this business cycle is the amount of fiscal policy that is in play — that has kept household balance sheets and business sector balance sheets intact. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 26 Feb. 2024 The utility of regional identities, clan links, and religious ties varied with fluctuations not only of state policy but also of global business cycles. Khalid Mustafa Medani, Foreign Affairs, 1 Nov. 2022 See all Example Sentences for business cycle 

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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