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- (countable) A recession is a time when there is less economic activity.
- Spending is one reason that economists are increasingly worried about the economy moving into a recession.
- In the early 1980s, the economy was in a deep recession and interest rates were two to four times as high as they are today.
- It's difficult to get any work during this recession.
- The government is trying to help those who are hard hit by the recession.