down·​turn | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌtərn How to pronounce downturn (audio) \

Definition of downturn

: a downward turn especially toward a decline in business and economic activity

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Recent Examples on the Web Prices have surged since last summer, with investors seeking to hedge against a stock-market downturn, and lower bond yields globally making gold... Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Edges Lower With Investors Eyeing Economic Data," 11 Feb. 2020 The local classifieds are the best evidence of the Anchorage chinchilla market downturn. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Chinchilla breeding boom reaches Anchorage: A history," 27 Jan. 2020 There is also Regus, an office rental company that grew quickly in the dot-com boom years, then filed for bankruptcy protection in 2003 after a market downturn left it with vacant offices and big losses. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "WeWork’s competitors are out to prove they won’t be the next WeWork," 23 Jan. 2020 Private equity firm Terra Firma paid 18.5 times EBITDA for EMI in 2007 -- high at the time for an entire company during a market downturn. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Why Universal Music Group's Investment From Tencent Is Good News for the Music Business: Analysis," 6 Jan. 2020 This is not a good time for Botswana to be dependent on diamonds, a finite resource vulnerable to global market downturns. James Kirby, Quartz Africa, "The story behind Botswana’s closest-ever election and how its consequences will play out," 26 Oct. 2019 History suggests there is time to take advantage of future rallies to prepare for the next recession and raise cash before a major market downturn does unfold. Sven Henrich For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "A global recession may be coming a lot sooner than anyone thought," 15 Aug. 2019 Harvey is quick to point out that, historically speaking, only one in eight market downturns lasts longer than three months, meaning investors typically are rewarded for patience. Chuck Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Lessons lost; investors failed the downturn test of 2018," 13 Apr. 2019 According to The Wall Street Journal, Papyrus’s operator attributes the bankruptcy to industry downturn and operational and performance problems. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Papyrus Will Close All Stores after Filing for Bankruptcy," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of downturn

1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Downturn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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: a situation in which something (such as business or economic activity) decreases or becomes worse

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