[ doun-sahy-kuhl ]

  1. Economics. a period or cycle during which business activity or profitability is at a low point: Energy companies are facing increased cost pressure to get through the current market downcycle.

verb (used with object)
  1. to process (used goods or waste material) in order to produce something of lesser quality because the original material cannot be recycled into something of the same or better quality: The plastic bottles can't be reused, but some companies downcycle them into bags.: Compare upcycle (def. 1).

Origin of downcycle

First recorded in 1975–80; down1 + cycle

Words Nearby downcycle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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