Definition of come full circle in English:

come full circle

(also turn full circle)


  • Return to a past position or situation, especially in a way considered to be inevitable.

    ‘the region is being forced to come full circle and repeat the errors of its tragic past’
    • ‘now it seems the wheel has turned full circle—the western is being revived’
    • ‘Her career came full circle with a return to cycling.’
    • ‘He has essentially come full circle, returning to the place where it all began some 17 years ago.’
    • ‘Mrs Glendinning has come full circle by returning to the school she attended as a pupil.’
    • ‘Our author's life has now come full circle with his return some years ago to his native Hampshire.’
    • ‘The exhibition comes full circle here, returning to the idea with which it begins.’
    • ‘From his arrival in Perth to his inevitable departure, our conversation has come full circle.’
    • ‘In some ways modern societies are turning full circle and returning to the varied rituals of the past.’
    • ‘Things seem to be turning full circle and I'm not sure I want to live through some of those past episodes again.’
    • ‘Warehouse conversions are now coming full circle and being turned back into warehouses again.’
    • ‘I ran a piece in the magazine looking at coffee houses coming full circle back to their 18th century roots as business places.’