ADJ. bad, damaging, debilitating, deep, major, massive, painful, severe, sharp, steep It was the worst recession since the war. | mild | deepening | long, prolonged | short, short-lived | continuing | global, international, widespread, world, worldwide | economic, industrial, retail
VERB + RECESSION cause | go into, move into, plunge (sth) into, sink into, slip into A rise in interest rates plunged Britain deeper into recession. | beat, combat | climb out of, come out of, emerge from, get (sth) out of, lead sth out of, move out of, pull (sth) out of active policies to pull the country out of recession | end | suffer from | escape (from) | ride out, survive As dozens of pubs go out of business, others are riding out the recession. | worsen
RECESSION + VERB loom With a recession looming, consumers are spending less. | hit sth The country has been hit by recession. | bottom out (= reach the lowest level)
PREP. in (a/the) ~ The economy is in deep recession.
PHRASES the depth of the recession, the effects/impact of the recession, in the depths of a recession, in times of recession, recovery from (the) recession, a way out of the recession > Special page at BUSINESS