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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In reality, SpaceX had expected to do even more this year, but is now facing a downturn in the satellite market. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 But due to a downturn in the economy and 9/11, Jones and his attorneys seemingly changed tactics. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Notorious patent enforcement entity values its entire portfolio at $2, folds," 1 Nov. 2018 Fears of a collapse of the Mexican peso have so far proved fleeting, as the national currency experienced one of its sharpest upsurges in years following Lopez Obrador’s election, thanks in part to a downturn in the value of the U.S. dollar. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Once denounced as a political threat, Lopez Obrador is now the darling of Mexico," 10 July 2018 But dissatisfaction over a sudden downturn in the economy is spreading. New York Times, "Turkey’s Democratic Opposition Tests Cracks in Erdogan’s Iron Grip on Voters," 22 June 2018 On the other side of the balance sheet, the fallout from conflicts triggered by the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings has led to a potentially destabilizing economic downturn in Jordan. Washington Post, "Jordan PM caught between angry public, international lenders," 14 June 2018 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

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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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