What does recession mean?

Definitions for recession
rɪˈsɛʃ ənre·ces·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recession(noun)

    the state of the economy declines; a widespread decline in the GDP and employment and trade lasting from six months to a year

  2. recess, recession, niche, corner(noun)

    a small concavity

  3. recession, recessional(noun)

    the withdrawal of the clergy and choir from the chancel to the vestry at the end of a church service

  4. recession, ceding back(noun)

    the act of ceding back

  5. receding, recession(noun)

    the act of becoming more distant


  1. Recession(n.)

    (Economics) A period during which economic activity, as measured by gross domestic product, declines for at least two quarters in a row in a specific country. If the decline is severe and long, such as greater than ten percent, it may be termed a depression.

  2. Recession(n.)

    A procession in which people leave a ceremony, such as at a religious service.

  3. Origin: [L. recessio, fr. recedere, recessum. See Recede.]


  1. recession(Noun)

    The act or an instance of receding

  2. recession(Noun)

    A period of reduced economic activity

    Statisticians often define a recession as negative, real GDP growth during two consecutive quarters.

  3. recession(Noun)

    The ceremonial filing out of clergy and/or choir at the end of a church service.

  4. Origin: Recorded since 1929, from recess + -ion, from recessus, from recessum, the past participle of recedere, from re- + cedere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recession(noun)

    the act of receding or withdrawing, as from a place, a claim, or a demand

  2. Recession(noun)

    the act of ceding back; restoration; repeated cession; as, the recession of conquered territory to its former sovereign

  3. Origin: [Pref. re- + cession.]


  1. Recession

    In economics, a recession is a business cycle contraction, a general slowdown in economic activity. Macroeconomic indicators such as GDP, employment, investment spending, capacity utilization, household income, business profits, and inflation fall, while bankruptcies and the unemployment rate rise. Recessions generally occur when there is a widespread drop in spending. This may be triggered by various events, such as a financial crisis, an external trade shock, an adverse supply shock or the bursting of an economic bubble. Governments usually respond to recessions by adopting expansionary macroeconomic policies, such as increasing money supply, increasing government spending and decreasing taxation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recession

    rē-sesh′un, n. act of receding: withdrawal: the state of being set back.—adjs. Reces′sional; Recess′ive.—adv. Recess′ively.—n. Recess′us, a recess.

  2. Recession

    rē-sesh′un, n. a ceding or giving back.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recession' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2728

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recession' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2825

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recession' in Nouns Frequency: #1139

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How to say recession in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recession in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of recession in a Sentence

  1. Deven Choksey:

    Healthcare is recession proof.

  2. Patrick Maris van Dijk:

    Top art is irresistible and recession-proof.

  3. Jim Paulsen:

    The fear is we're headed for global recession.

  4. Steve Eisman:

    I don't see a recession on the horizon at all.

  5. Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid:

    We have yet to recover from the great recession.

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