Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tendency downward, especially in business or economic activity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A downward trend, or the beginnings of one; a decline.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a worsening of business or economic activity

Etymologies

down- +‎ turn (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • NPD results for the last month, when they arrive, should be pretty telling; until now, we've only been able to speculate on whether the downturn is affecting game buying, but most analysts have said that the next round of NPD should show for sure.

    Still Alive

  • Reading comments from employees on the change in corporate moral reads like a little more than a short term downturn or hiccup in the business.

  • Another trend of the economic downturn, is that families in our neighborhood with young children are unable to carry out their plans to move to larger homes with more private yard space, because of the slump in the housing market.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • An economic downturn is 60-70% perception mostly uncertainty.

    Blackburn calls Dems plan a 'nightmare'

  • They claim that the economic downturn is hitting the porn business and that federal assistance is needed to boost the nation's sex drive.

    Porn industry bosses seek bail-out

  • The economic downturn is causing difficult budget problems for families, schools, businesses, governments and other organizations.

    Kumar P. Barve (D)*

  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt, meeting with journalists in New York today, said that the economic downturn is ending.

    Past Tech Trends & Products: Technology Live Archive

  • ISTANBUL — Turkey's rapid recovery from the global downturn is giving a new boost to the government's plan to turn Istanbul into an international financial center to rival Dubai or eventually even London, according to Ali Babacan, deputy prime minister for the economy.

    Istanbul Woos Financiers

  • Of course, the economic downturn is probably at least partly responsible for pushing online ad spend ahead of television spend now, but the long-term trend has been evident for some time (advertisers recognising that people are accessing more and more online content).

    Time to switch from internet advertising to social media? « pwcom 2.0

  • The last thing any family or individual needs during an economic downturn is an unplanned pregnancy, for all of the many reasons that EU Expat set forth.

    Matthew Yglesias » Show Me the Votes

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