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 By 2017, 14 years into Erdoğan’s rule, Turkey’s economy had come full circle. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2024 Bringing those original lyrics to the iHeartRadio Music Awards stage feels almost like a full circle moment for Green Day, who were presented the first-ever Landmark Award by Avril Lavigne. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 And to bring it full circle, that’s the part of the trauma of activism that’s never been treated from the generations ahead to the generation now. Liz Appel, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 The program is a full circle moment – the Club is where she was first introduced to ballet. Matt Marshall, CNN, 24 Mar. 2024 But now, the industry is coming full circle, going back to its efficiency roots and adding sustainability to the mix. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Mar. 2024 The Academy Awards presented another full circle moment for Downey when Oppenheimer swept Best Picture - with a familiar face at the microphone. Andrea Mandell, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2024 This inspiring, anecdotal story recognizes the enduring impact of one family’s will to help another get ahead and brings it full circle. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 7 Mar. 2024 In a full circle moment, it was eventually put to tape with Amy producing at the studio on the Luck Ranch property, which yesterday hosted its 12th edition of the Reunion. Spin Staff, SPIN, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of full circle was in 1878

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“Full circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/full%20circle. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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