- 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.
Origin of downturn
First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase turn down
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Examples from the Web for downturn
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But the once-promising film career she was supposedly leaving to chase was already on a downturn.It’s Time to Stop Hating Katherine Heigl
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The increase in use tracks pretty well with the rise in unemployment and poverty during the downturn.Congress Unites to Screw the Hungry
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Hastening her decline has been a downturn in Brazil's economic fortunes.Can Dilma Rousseff Recover?
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If a downturn happens early in the first term, things will be rough during that midterm election.What About that 'Six-Year Itch?'
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- a drop or reduction in the success of a business or economy
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Word Origin and History for downturn
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