Meaning of downturn

down•turn

Pronunciation: (doun'tûrn"), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or instance of turning down or the state of being turned down: the downturn of a lower lip in a permanent pout.
  2. a turn or trend downward; decrease or decline: The new year brought a downturn in the cost of living.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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