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 Even pre-pandemic, Dubai's economy was heading toward another downturn thanks to a shaky real estate market, which has plunged 30% in value since 2014 peaks. Isabel Debre,, "Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge," 19 Jan. 2021 But what’s going to happen for the next six months, if there is another downturn as appears likely because of the COVID flare-up? Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Kashkari calls Yellen an 'inspired' pick for Treasury, urges more economic aid from Washington now," 28 Nov. 2020 The single-family rental industry disputes those allegations, but another economic downturn is here, and some consumer groups fear there will be a wave of foreclosures when mortgage relief programs expire next year. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: New law makes foreclosed homes easier to buy — if you’re not a landlord or flipper," 10 Nov. 2020 Some lawmakers are worried about the possibility of another economic downturn reducing state tax revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, "Data sought on agency changes," 9 Nov. 2020 The pandemic is also blamed for wiping away millions of jobs, and there are fears of another economic downturn to come. Julie Pace,, "Analysis: Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden claims a mandate that will quickly be tested," 7 Nov. 2020 The risk of another severe downturn in Europe is rising as new lockdowns take effect in countries like Germany, France and Belgium, where the authorities are desperate to prevent a surge in coronavirus infections from overwhelming hospitals. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Europe Risks a New Economic Downturn as Lockdowns Return," 30 Oct. 2020 Hiring caught up to pre-recession levels in recent years, but the U.S. now faces another economic downturn from the COVID-19 pandemic. Dallas News, "Amazon, Target and UPS hiring thousands in North Texas to ramp up for holiday season," 27 Oct. 2020 After years of slow but sustained growth, many analysts expected another downturn. John F. Cogan And John B. Taylor, WSJ, "Trump’s Economic Dream Come True," 6 Oct. 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 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of downturn

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

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