turndown

noun
turn·down | \ ˈtərn-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of turndown 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : something turned down also : an instance of turning something (such as a bed sheet) down hotel turndown service

2 : rejection

3 : downturn

turndown

adjective
turn·down | \ ˈtərn-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of turndown (Entry 2 of 3)

: capable of being turned down especially : worn turned down a turndown collar

turn down

verb

Definition of turn down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce the height or intensity of by turning a control turn down the radio

2 : to fold or double down

3 : to decline to accept : reject turned down the offer

4 : to turn (a card) face downward

intransitive verb

: to be capable of being folded or doubled down the collar turns down

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Examples of turndown in a Sentence

Noun

the request to use the restroom was just a formality—I really didn't expect a turndown

Verb

I'm afraid that I will have to turn down your invitation.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 On conventional home purchase loans, the turndown differentials were starker: Black applicants received denials 19.3 percent of the time, while the rate for non-Hispanic whites was 7.9 percent. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 On conventional home-purchase loans, the turndown differentials were starker: Black applicants received denials 19.3 percent of the time, while the rate for non-Hispanic whites was 7.9 percent. Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 After six turndowns, one vender took the charger in his hand and offered the correspondent twenty-five cents. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Do You Take Sweatcoin?," 24 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After the Elmhurst City Council turned down video gambling three years ago, several aldermen pledged to find other ways to support the post. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst American Legion in line for another $30,000 grant, but support is waning," 10 July 2018 According to the suit, Arthur allegedly approached members of The Script about collaborating on a project together in 2014 and was turned down by the band. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "James Arthur Appears to Slam The Script Over Copyright Lawsuit in Freestyle Rap: Listen," 5 July 2018 And when the fields were turned down, the spiders' tells, like their hairs raising up on their feet in what's known as trichobothria, died down. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Spiders Can Harness Electric Fields to Fly," 5 July 2018 While turning down acting roles that don’t represent strong female characters is a no-brainer, navigating other parts of being a public figure, and doing so with integrity, can be a bit murkier. Hannah Pasternak, SELF, "Chloë Grace Moretz Shares Her Daily Beauty Routine," 2 July 2018 Justice Democrats would endorse universal Medicare, a $15 minimum wage and free tuition at public universities, all while turning down any corporate PAC money. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses more Democratic insurgents, and it’s paying off quite nicely," 2 July 2018 After dumping her for a TV show, Taka thinks it’s poor taste for Yuudai to then pop back into her life just because he was turned down. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "This Episode of Terrace House Is Brimming With Exes," 6 June 2018 This is also the first time OSU faces Creighton since Greg McDermott, the Blue Jays head coach, turned down the Buckeyes' job. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "Ohio State basketball traveling to Creighton as part of 2018-19 Gavitt Games," 15 May 2018 Johnson used a Drake meme on Instagram to chide Underwood, who was turned down by the Golden Knights to sing the national anthem before Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Vegas Golden Knights national anthem singer throws shade at Carrie Underwood," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of turndown

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1763, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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