down·​turn ˈdau̇n-ˌtərn How to pronounce downturn (audio)
: a downward turn especially toward a decline in business and economic activity

Examples of downturn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beijing warned companies off excessive work during a broader crackdown on the powerful sector that began in 2020, though the practice has endured — particularly as jobs dried up in an economic downturn. Zheping Huang, Fortune Asia, 10 May 2024 Capital gains taxes surged in 2021 due to a booming stock market but plummeted in 2022 following a market downturn, which reduced the amount of capital gains taxes that the wealthiest Californians pay. Molly Gibbs, The Mercury News, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for downturn 

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Word History

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of downturn was in 1658

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“Downturn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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