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

Definition of downturn

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

Examples of downturn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soaring prices are hurting Americans and an economic downturn by the start of 2024, barely even on the radar just a few months ago, is now close to a three-in-four probability, according to the latest estimates by Bloomberg Economics. Saleha Mohsin,, 19 June 2022 Looking Back: How nasty could this year’s downturn become? New York Times, 18 June 2022 Among the exceptions, rates rose consistently between 1961 and 1966 without any downturn, but inflation eased only temporarily and recession eventually struck in 1970. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 18 June 2022 Major Wall Street firms are now advising clients to ride out the downturn by buying defensive stocks with stable margins, steady cash flow and solid dividends, especially in sectors like utilities and consumer food staples. Sergei Klebnikov, Forbes, 17 June 2022 But the war in Ukraine, record gas prices and spiraling inflation all continue to put pressure on the US economy, begging the question of whether the newly robust labor movement can weather higher unemployment and an eventual economic downturn. Rob Picheta And Hafsa Khalil, CNN, 15 June 2022 The slowdown in hiring comes shortly after CFO Paul Vogel hinted at Spotify’s investor day earlier in June that the company would be reducing its headcount amid the ongoing economic downturn. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2022 Since the pandemic, banks have been flush with deposits, and demand for loans has been weak because of the COVID-19-related downturn, Tumin says. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 Ainge wasn’t afraid to take criticism by trading away two franchise legends, and exactly nailed their quick downturn in order to get an incredible haul. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of downturn

1658, in the meaning defined above

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“Downturn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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