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[doun-turn] /ˈdaʊnˌtɜrn/
an act or instance of turning down or the state of being turned down:
the downturn of a lower lip in a permanent pout.
a turn or trend downward; decrease or decline:
The new year brought a downturn in the cost of living.
1925-30; noun use of verb phrase turn down Unabridged
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Examples for downturn
  • So an economic downturn is no friend of the environment.
  • In spite of the economic downturn there is development in town.
  • Responsible for its downturn: conversion of sagebrush habitat to agriculture.
  • US fatalities down, possibly due to economic downturn.
  • The confluence of the energy crisis and the commercial downturn really shook up the automotive business.
  • It seems to be in large part an attempt to set a builder's own business apart in the housing downturn.
  • In one respect, the pharmaceutical industry is well protected against the downturn, since it has so much wealth and power.
  • During the toughest months of the financial downturn, start-up activity actually surged.
  • They may not be foreclosed upon, but they're facing a downturn of the heart and spirits, and entertaining us all the way.
  • The downturn in commercial real estate is already having repercussions for local governments.
British Dictionary definitions for downturn


a drop or reduction in the success of a business or economy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for downturn
1926 in the economic sense, from down (adv.) + turn (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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