Definition of downturn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌtərn/


A decline in economic, business, or other activity: a downturn in the housing market
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  • While most companies plan for economic or business downturns, they do not do the same level of preparation for disaster.
  • Like many other dotcoms it's been hit by the economic downturn and the global decline in advertising revenues.
  • Overproduction leads to declines in profits and sharp downturns in the business cycle, and a viable balancing of production, distribution, and demand is referred to as a regime of accumulation.


[with object] (usually as adjective downturned)
Turn (something) downward: his downturned mouth
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  • Elevated part of adult tabularium broad with variable periaxial depression and downturned margin.
  • Moving by puling himself along the ground through muscular contractions, the only clear sign of humanity or feeling in the big cartoon eyes and downturned mouth hovering in front of his downward curve.
  • The proximal part of the corallum is calceoloid, the septa, which are of one order only, lack any trace of dilation, and the broad, closely spaced tabulae are not downturned to form deep interseptal loculi.

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Syllabification: down·turn

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