turndown

noun
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

turndown

adjective
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

verb
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

Otherwise, the Knicks got more turndowns that Quasimodo at the Posture Prom. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Kevin Durant moves on: The Warriors, NBA are better for it," 1 July 2019 Amenities include a small-plates breakfast with each stay, evening turndown service, outdoor fire pit, onsite library, and more. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 11 June 2019 Even a standard king, at an already-generous 535 square feet, comes with special treatment: A bubble bath lit by candles is drawn at turndown upon request. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Visitors can hang out at off-leash beaches like the city’s Eastern Beach and hike Portland Trails woodland and coastal areas, according to VisitPortland.com, and some dog-friendly hotels even offer pet massages and turndown treats! Jessica Migala, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Dog-Friendly Road Trips in the U.S.," 26 July 2018 XV Beacon, Boston, MA Dogs indulge in the Boston good life at XV Beacon, from a personalized plate of peanut butter treats upon arrival to doggie-bed turndown service each night. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the U.S.," 11 Apr. 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 The morning coat is typically worn for daytime events, such as Meghan and Harry’s wedding, and consists of a tailored coat, striped trousers, turndown collar shirt, waistcoat, tie, and accessories like top hats and canes. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: 9 Words You Need to Know Before the Royal Wedding," 9 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ron Adams will return to the Warriors after turning down an assistant-coaching job with the Lakers, a league source confirmed with The Chronicle. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Assistant coach Ron Adams turns down Lakers, returns to Warriors in revised role," 11 July 2019 From turning down the Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick to being named Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year, Rihanna has proven to be a political activist in her own right. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Told a Commenter Who Asked About Her Citizenship to Go Vote," 6 Nov. 2018 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin issued the ruling after turning down a request from Avenatti to have the matter moved to federal court, which the opposing side called a delay tactic. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Michael Avenatti ordered by judge to hand over $4.85 million in back pay to attorney at his former law firm," 23 Oct. 2018 Images of black men kneeling as Jay-Z calls out the NFL and boasts about turning down the Super Bowl feel cathartic. Ira Madison Iii, GQ, "Everything Is Love Review: The Cost of a Monarchy," 19 June 2018 The parade will then proceed onto Nutmeg Road before finally turning down Pleasant Valley Road. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "Where To Watch Memorial Day Parades In Greater Hartford," 25 May 2018 After turning down the chance to be on the behind-the-scenes series several times, the team will allow HBO unlimited access to its upcoming camp. Tom Withers, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Browns to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'," 17 May 2018 Teachers in Oklahoma went on strike for nearly two weeks after turning down their governor and Legislature's promise of raises. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Arizona teachers skeptical of Ducey's raise proposal, continuing to plan walkout," 12 Apr. 2018 In turning down Francis' bid to overturn the BZA decision last year, council members kept her presentation in mind. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "University Heights City Council approves guidelines for keeping chickens," 3 Apr. 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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