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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The economic downturn and space program’s demise led to large-scale layoffs and a reduction in tourism. ... Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Space Rockets Spark Property Boom on Florida Coast," 21 May 2019 The elections, which the Turkish strongman had depicted as a fight for the country’s survival, were largely seen as a test of his support amid a sharp economic downturn. Zeynep Bilginsoy, The Seattle Times, "Turkey’s ruling party leads local elections but loses Ankara," 31 Mar. 2019 Research shows that cohorts that have lived through economic downturns have lower appetites for financial risk. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 As Loury wrote in a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed earlier this month, the recent economic downturn put further pressure on historically under-resourced black neighborhoods in Chicago, increasing foreclosures and depressing real estate values. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities," 31 July 2018 The government has blamed the economic downturn on U.S. sanctions, which have targeted Venezuelan leaders and certain other transfers. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "The many problems with Trump’s reported idea of invading Venezuela," 5 July 2018 The 1946 high was prompted by a spending push to fund World War II, and other spikes in the debt have been driven by economic downturns. Jeff Stein,, "Federal debt is headed for the highest levels since World War II, CBO says," 27 June 2018 The tipping point for Coyne came after the reunification of open-wheel racing with the merger of Champ Car and IndyCar for the 2008 seasons and actually was helped by the economic downturn that affected all of motor sports. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thirty-five years into his 'big climb,' Dale Coyne is closer to the peak than ever," 23 June 2018 Kahn noted, however, that the Culinary Union has a long history in Las Vegas and has worked with casinos during downturns in the economy — notably in 2008 during the financial meltdown that crippled Las Vegas. David Montero,, "Union workers picket in Las Vegas, worried about pay, security and robots taking their jobs," 6 July 2018

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1658, 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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