down·​turn | \ -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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Investors and analysts have been struggling to discern whether a recent streak of disappointing economic data signal the start of a deeper downturn, or a temporary cooling of momentum. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Stabilize After Friday’s Selloff," 25 Mar. 2019 The fear was that many would panic at their first brush with a severe downturn, sell their stocks and lock in the losses. Stan Choe, The Seattle Times, "For young investors, jumpy market presents first big test," 28 Jan. 2019 Think of how grunge blew away the excess of the ’80s in the middle of an economic downturn, or how punk confronted the conservatism in the ’70s—lots of designers have been quoting those times in their collections. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019 The report notes that immigrants contribute to housing demand during expansions, but more importantly, stabilize demand during downturns. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "U.S. housing market continues rebound, despite increased inequality, says Harvard report," 19 June 2018 During economic downturns, policymakers typically attempt to mitigate their effects by trying to encourage spending. Julie Heath,, "Local economist: Here's what keeps economists up at night," 1 Feb. 2018 The roots of the current downturn can be found in the response to the last one. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Why Old-School Chinese Stimulus Won’t Help," 21 Jan. 2019 Wages, savings, and retirement plans compared to other generations The concern moving forward is making sure this financial self-discipline continues in times of economic downturn, Plepler said. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "Here's What You Should Know About That Survey Saying 1 in 6 Millennials Has $100K in Savings," 24 Jan. 2018 The shutdown occurred during the winter months, where most parks usually see a downturn in guests. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For National Parks, The End of the Shutdown Means the Hard Part Begins," 28 Jan. 2019

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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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