Jobs being cut? Houses not selling? Everyone talking about the poor sales of everything from cars to bouquets of flowers? That's a recession, a time of economic decline.

Recession comes from the Latin word recessus, meaning "a going back, retreat." Think of all the things that get made and sold in a country. When fewer people buy things, orders for them slow down. The sales "go back" to a lower amount. This is an economic recession. This noun can also describe other kinds of "going back," like the recession of floodwaters that enable people to begin cleaning up their homes that had been filled with water.

Definitions of recession
  1. noun
    the act of ceding back
    synonyms: ceding back
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    type of:
    ceding, cession
    the act of ceding
  2. noun
    the act of becoming more distant
    synonyms: receding
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    type of:
    the act of withdrawing
  3. noun
    the withdrawal of the clergy and choir from the chancel to the vestry at the end of a church service
    synonyms: recessional
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    type of:
    the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
  4. noun
    the state of the economy declines; a widespread decline in the GDP and employment and trade lasting from six months to a year
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    economic condition
    the condition of the economy
  5. noun
    a small concavity
    synonyms: corner, niche, recess
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    pharyngeal recess
    a small recess in the wall of the pharynx
    type of:
    concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
    a shape that curves or bends inward
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