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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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 None of which is to say a downturn is necessarily in the offing; the U.S. economy has proved remarkably resilient in the past decade. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Why the Odds of a Recession Are Rising," 25 Jan. 2019 Turkey’s economic downturn has long been in the making. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Experts dispute Turkish president's claim US to blame for economic woes," 21 Aug. 2018 The economic downturn from low oil prices and coastal erosion are big topics for the paper, Magill said. Washington Post, "At another small paper, community ties are personal," 1 July 2018 In 2016, shipments were lukewarm at 2 percent yearly growth, but this downturn is significant. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Smartphone shipments declined for the first time in 2017," 30 May 2018 Strong retail sales and high consumer confidence suggest that if a downturn is coming, Americans have missed the memo. The Economist, "World economic growth is slowing. Don’t worry—yet," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of downturn

1926, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of downturn

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

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