down·​trend | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌtrend How to pronounce downtrend (audio) \
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Definition of downtrend

: a tendency downward especially in economic matters : a downward trend : downturn a downtrend in the stock market The Enron bankruptcy reinforced the downtrend in the stock market, which led to further bankruptcies and news of further corporate and individual misdeeds.— George Soros

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Recent Examples on the Web But health officials are reporting some encouraging signs, with downtrends in daily death tolls and new infections. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Sunday, April 19," 19 Apr. 2020 Confidence: Medium-High Tonight: Skies trend clearer and northerly breezes continue their downtrend, perhaps calming nearer dawn. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Less breeze and more sun today. Decent tomorrow, too.," 29 Nov. 2019 The WeChat operator has lost $86 billion of market value since its April peak, and in October tested a key support level -- which would have precipitated a sharp and longer-term downtrend. Fortune, "The NBA Streaming Deal That Was Meant to Boost Tencent Is Now Dragging It Behind Arch Rival Alibaba," 12 Nov. 2019 Industry appeal: Flyover states that delivered Trump the presidency are facing a downtrend in manufacturing jobs, according to Reuters’ Jason Lange., "Michigan GOP looks to nullify voter-approved anti-gerrymandering initiative: The Flyover," 23 Aug. 2019 The pickup in inflation in March reversed downtrends for both the consumer prices, which had been decelerating since late last year, and producer prices, which began softening last summer. WSJ, "Chinese Inflation Picks Up," 10 Apr. 2019 Photo: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News Suppliers Pump: Major crude producers, including the U.S. and Russia, continued to ramp up output in the second half of 2018, a factor which helped spark the downtrend in oil prices seen since October. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Oil Falls in Choppy Trading," 3 Jan. 2019 On a three-month-average basis, Chinese exports and imports are still on a notable downtrend. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "China’s Economy Needs More Than a Valentine’s Surprise," 14 Feb. 2019 The recent downtrend appears to be driven, in part, by a volatile gauge of margins called trade services. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "U.S. Business Prices Continue to Pull Back at the End of Summer," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of downtrend

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Downtrend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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