[ UK /dˈa‍ʊntɜːn/ ]
[ US /ˈdaʊnˌtɝn/ ]
  1. a worsening of business or economic activity
    the market took a downturn
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How To Use downturn In A Sentence

  • Our economy suffered a triple whammy this year - we were hit by Sars, the Iraq war, and then the world economic downturn.
  • Now, moreover, with the nation in an economic downturn, is not the time to assert the urgency of passing referendum legislation.
  • Smaller and more versatile aircraft reduce financial and operational risks to airlines, particularly in economic downturns, compared to jumbo jets, he adds.
  • Alan Krans, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said the restructuring announced last quarter should help the company avoid being "pummeled," as it was during the last economic downturn, when it had huge losses on sharp sales declines. EMC Says Tech Outlook Is Murky
  • Religious publications also appear to have weathered the downturn in religious practice.
  • Santelli, who will present new research findings next week at a meeting of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, says his study — to be published later this year — shows a downturn in contraceptive use since 2003. Unmarried women boost record '07 U.S. birth rate
  • Tighter border security is sure to slow import growth even more in coming months, although lower imports will worsen downturns in economies around the world.
  • The sharp downturn in the US economy has brought a rude awakening to many in the IT sector.
  • This year, the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women has a new focus: the global economic downturn.
  • Tech companies blame the sharp downturn in their industry for the big write-offs.
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