downturn

[ doun-turn ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌtɜrn /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. downtick,
  2. downtime,
  3. downtown,
  4. downtrend,
  5. downtrodden,
  6. downvote,
  7. downward,
  8. downward mobility,
  9. downwardly,
  10. downwards

Origin of downturn

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase turn down

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British Dictionary definitions for downturn

downturn

/ (ˈdaʊnˌtɜːn) /

noun

a drop or reduction in the success of a business or economy
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Word Origin and History for downturn

downturn

n.

1926 in the economic sense, from down (adv.) + turn (n.).

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