down·turn | \-ˌtərn \

Definition of downturn 

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

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Certain clouds gather over all our heads — the hardships of a war, or a sudden economic downturn — and dump the same cold rain on everyone. Steven Hyden, New York Times, "Is the National ‘Mood’ the One in Polls or the One Online?," 2 July 2018 Following the team’s last period of similar success, which took place between 2012-14, there was a brief downturn. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball John Beilein finalizing rolling contract," 27 June 2018 The Argument Critics say short sellers can transform downturns into full-blown panics. Fortune, "Why Short Selling Can Make You Rich But Not Popular," 23 June 2018 The rise of passive investing has prompted sweeping changes throughout the financial world, from corporate governance to market structure, as well as concerns that the index funds could be vulnerable to unpredictable behavior in another downturn. Justin Baer, WSJ, "The Investor Fever for Passive Funds Is Cooling in 2018," 13 July 2018 That’s without factoring in the downturn in the American car market that began last year, the first slide in sales since the end of the Great Recession. NBC News, "Trump's tariffs will lead to job losses, warns General Motors CEO," 2 July 2018 While its table games improved, from $1.39 million to $1.72 million last month, its slot side took a slight downturn, from $5.93 million to $5.7 million. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Casino revenues steady in Northwest Indiana," 13 July 2018 Watt’s company can be greatly affected by economic downturns, such as the 2008 housing industry meltdown. Ronald D. White,, "Nadine Watt tried to avoid the family business. Now she helps run it," 6 July 2018 Founders Billy Lemmons and Bill Waldrip soldiered through the downturn, which also hit the oil and gas industry, and emerged in 2010 with a first fund of nearly $800 million. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio energy investors pump billions into oil and gas projects," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of downturn

1926, in the meaning defined above

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

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