business cycle

noun

Definition of 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 For enterprises, it’s become widely accepted that the customer must be considered at all phases in the business cycle in order to achieve success. Tracy Kemp, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 In this scenario, the debt ceiling would respond automatically to changes in the business cycle—to shifts in GDP growth, say, or in unemployment data. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 30 Sep. 2021 The figure has fluctuated with the business cycle since 2001, hitting a low of 16% the following year and nearly 23% in 2007, according to the IRS. Tami Luhby, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 This fragility has left millions of Americans — perhaps most Americans — vulnerable to the ordinary tremors of the business cycle, let alone the seismic episodes that increasingly rattle our way of life. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 9 Sep. 2021 Economists typically define a supercycle as a period of abnormally strong demand that oil companies, miners and farmers struggle to match, sparking a rally that outlasts a normal business cycle. Fortune, 29 June 2021 Unfortunately, this ideal condition may be rare since rising interest rates tend to follow strong economic growth, which often occurs in the latter phase of the business cycle. Mike Patton, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Throughout the business cycle, labor force attachment tends to be far more volatile for people with MDD. Paul E. Greenberg, Scientific American, 5 May 2021 Despite the ebb and flow of the business cycle, Arrow actually improved financially during the pandemic. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of business cycle

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Business cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/business%20cycle. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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