turn·​down | \ ˈtərn-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce turndown (audio) \

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


turn·​down | \ ˈtərn-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce turndown (audio) \

Definition of turndown (Entry 2 of 3)

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

turn down

turned down; turning down; turns down

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 According to Jill Fischbarg, a consultant at Ovation Travel Group in New York, some hotels place adorable plush animals on the bed during turndown service on guests’ final night there. Christopher Elliott Columnist, Washington Post, "At hotels, the word ‘free’ can be misleading," 26 Aug. 2020 The rooms also include meals onboard, lounge access at major stations, and an attendant to help with turndown service and luggage. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Amtrak Is Having a 2-for-1 Sale on Its Private Roomettes Until August 15," 12 Aug. 2020 The compartment comes with other perks: A sleeping car attendant who provides turndown service and assistance with meals and luggage. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Amtrak sale: 2-for-1 deal on private roomettes, where you can take your mask off," 11 Aug. 2020 In the evenings, there is a complimentary turndown service topped off with warm cookies and milk. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This South Carolina Hotel Was Just Named the Best in the Country," 28 July 2020 The semi-private sleeper cabins include a pair of seats that can be converted into an upper and lower berth for sleeping as well as a sleeping attendant to help with luggage and turndown service. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Amtrak's Buy One Get One Free Sale for Roomettes Has Tickets for As Low As $193," 8 July 2020 In late March, Dave, who was working as a prep-cook and part-time dishwasher, lost both of his jobs to the economic turndown. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, "The pandemic made them homeless. Post readers helped.," 26 June 2020 Throw pillows and bedspreads could be eliminated, as well as welcome and turndown amenities. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Expect When Cruise Ships Sail Again," 8 June 2020 Small arts organizations, suffering financially during the coronavirus turndown, are part of the social fabric of their communities. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "There Goes the Neighborhood," 20 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Joe Biden’s most powerful message turned out to be the promise to turn down the temperature of politics in the country. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "How They Lost," 4 Sep. 2020 The lack of consistency led the Colts to turn down the team’s fifth-year option on Hooker’s contract this offseason, an investment that would have come at a low cost relative to first-round picks at other positions. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts safety Malik Hooker needs to be a difference-maker this season," 20 Aug. 2020 South Dakota, however, opted to turn down Trump's offer after Governor Kristi Noem said workers didn’t need the help, citing improvements in the state’s economy. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "When will the extra $300 in unemployment benefits start? Don't expect it anytime soon, experts warn," 21 Aug. 2020 And what are the chances that Mounds’ lucrative association with the utility in the recent past may turn down the heat on Eversource when it’s been put into the public frying pan by the Lamont administration and legislature? Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: Top Lamont aide had a $100K job in 2017 with Eversource, the utility that the governor says he’ll hold accountable," 21 Aug. 2020 Of course, no couple would turn down a gift card or an envelope full of cash. Brooke Henderson, Fortune, "A guide to giving gifts for postponed and shrunken weddings," 20 Aug. 2020 Who would turn down the opportunity to discuss Black women? Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Showing up for her community, continuing the work done by Black women before her," 8 Aug. 2020 Natural environments turn down the static of everyday life, wake up your senses and calm the constantly whirring frontal lobes of your brain. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "18 Ways to Relax That Will Leave You Feeling Like a New Woman," 29 May 2020 After receiving multiple calls around 10:20 p.m. on Aug. 8 concerning a loud party in the area, police went to a house in the 39000 block of Shaker Boulevard and told the hosts to turn down the volume and finish up by 11 p.m. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Obtruding piece of metal in construction zone flattens 2 tires: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of turndown


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1763, in the meaning defined above


1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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“Turndown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turndown. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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