full circle


Definition of full circle

: through a series of developments that lead back to the original source, position, or situation or to a complete reversal of the original position usually used in the phrase come full circle

Examples of full circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the movie’s final scene, Vinothraj’s vision of women’s relentless subsistence labor and men’s rage comes full circle. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Pebbles,” a Starkly Imagined Vision of Patriarchy and Poverty," 27 Apr. 2021 Things have now come full circle for the Eagles, who scored 75 points to edge Boardman (70 points), Solon (66) and Brunswick (45) in winning the Comet Relays title for the first time in school history. Joe Magill, cleveland, "After Paige Floriea, Mentor girls track team dominate Comet Relays, they’re clear about their ultimate goal: Win state," 24 Apr. 2021 Empowering fans via such shareholding would bring European soccer back full circle to its origins. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Super League smashup: US business crashes into English soccer values," 23 Apr. 2021 As a way to come full circle, focus has been on making zero-carbon gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel from the extracted carbon using non-fossil fuels to generate the energy needed. James Conca, Forbes, "A Big Step Towards Decarbonization - The Carbon XPRIZE," 19 Apr. 2021 Roadrunner brings us full circle, as a clan of rap-forum friends dreaming of pop stardom nearly a decade ago now rubs elbows with the likes of Danny Brown, Lil Nas X, Shawn Mendes, A$AP Rocky, and others. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, "Brockhampton Is Ready to Leave a Hell of a Legacy Behind," 14 Apr. 2021 Many investors will see their earlier bets come full circle as a dozen Indian startups prepare to head to the public markets later this year or early next. Saritha Rai, Fortune, "India minted 6 new unicorns in 4 days," 12 Apr. 2021 In one way, at least, his life seems to have come full circle. Washington Post, "With ‘Antiquities,’ Cynthia Ozick is as vibrant on the page as ever," 16 Apr. 2021 In many ways, the network is coming full circle since its first Olympics broadcast was in Tokyo in 1964. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Tirico to host NBC coverage of Tokyo Games from outdoor set," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of full circle

1878, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Full circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20circle. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of full circle

: through a series of changes that lead back to an original position or situation or to an opposite position or situation

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