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
2 : rejection
3 : downturn


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

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 Luckily, die-hard fishermen weren’t expecting turndown service or gourmet food. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 There is even in-flight turndown service where attendants make the beds up for you. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Travelers in a private roomette will receive access to a restroom and shower as well as a dedicated attendant who provides things like turndown service and helps with luggage. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2022 There’s also turndown service, complete with a classic Andes chocolate mint in a custom gold Short Stories wrapper. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2022 In addition, 141 new Chapter 313 applications in the pipeline in 2021 and 2022 are pending approval, of which Bandera’s turndown was a rarity. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2022 In addition, couples will receive dual Cartier Love Bracelets at turndown to commemorate the special occasion. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Speaking of the turndown service, the Le Carl Gustaf has gone the extra mile to make sure the beds are tailored to every client’s needs. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 28 Dec. 2021 Santa will leave a turndown gift and those staying on Christmas Eve, receive a stocking full of surprise gifts. Sherrie Nachman, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb McPherson was the only band member to turn down his payment for the performance, suggesting the money should go to Padgett directly. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 But given the scarcity of wins in the club's MLS existence, who would turn down a fourth TQL Stadium victory on Tuesday? Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2022 But who in their right mind would turn down the chance to go to Super Bowl LVI live? Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2022 Clark saw the man turn down Southeast Schiller, a dead-end street, and followed him. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2022 After the war began, Tabalov said his group saw a large increase in inquiries about the alternative service law, which is vaguely phrased and allows military officials to easily turn down applications. Bloomberg.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Companies, governments, and individuals can also invest in energy efficiency in buildings and factories, replace gas boilers with electric heat pumps, and turn down building thermostats. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 3 Mar. 2022 Studies have suggested that stuttering may be related to excess levels of a chemical messenger in the brain called dopamine, and some turn down dopamine activity or block its action in a particular way. Laura Ungar, ajc, 19 Feb. 2022 Carefully add beef pieces, turn down to a simmer and cook, skimming any scum that forms on the surface. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 26 May. 2022.

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