turn·​out | \ ˈtərn-ˌau̇t How to pronounce turnout (audio) \

Definition of turnout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the number of people who participate in or attend an event a heavy voter turnout
2a : a place where something (such as a road) turns out or branches off
b : a space adjacent to a highway in which vehicles may park or pull into to enable others to pass
c : a railroad siding
3 : an act of turning out
4 chiefly British
5 : a clearing out and cleaning
6a : a coach or carriage together with the horses, harness, and attendants
b : equipment, rig
c : manner of dress : getup
7 : net quantity of produce yielded

turn out

turned out; turning out; turns out

Definition of turn out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to come or go out from home in or as if in answer to a summons voters turned out in droves
b : to get out of bed
2a : to prove to be in the result or end the play turned out to be a flop it turned out that we were both wrong
b : to become in maturity nobody thought he'd turn out like this
c : end stories that turn out happily

transitive verb

1 : to put out by or as if by turning a switch turn out the lights
2 : to produce often rapidly or regularly by or as if by machine a writer turning out stories
3a : to turn inside out turning out his pockets
b : to empty the contents of especially for cleaning or rearranging also : clean
4a : expel, evict
b : to put (an animal, such as a horse) to pasture
5 : to equip, dress, or finish in a careful or elaborate way
6 : to call (a guard, a company, etc.) out from rest or shelter and into formation

Synonyms & Antonyms for turnout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of turnout in a Sentence

Noun The opening game of the season brought only a small turnout. a 50 percent voter turnout Verb we turn out early on workdays it's our practice to turn out the room after guests stay over
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If passed, they’d be placed on the 2024 presidential election ballot when there’ll be a large turnout that traditionally benefits Democratic causes. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2022 And a huge turnout from Americans determined to exercise their democratic right could thwart voter suppression. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Despite the affirmation, the elections, the fifth since Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003, saw a record-low turnout of 41 percent that reflected Iraqis’ intense frustration with their leaders. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 The last legislative election in 2016 recorded a turnout of 58%. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 Schools, townships and other local governments frequently target special elections, which have lower turnout and can make political campaigns supporting them more effective. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 9 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile Chinese and Hong Kong authorities have been trying to deflect concerns about a potential record-low voter turnout. Brittyn Clennett, ABC News, 9 Dec. 2021 The August 2022 primary will be held at the same time as the party primary to nominate a candidate for governor, a contest that could produce a much higher voter turnout than the Nov. 2 contest. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Dec. 2021 About 34% were 45 years and older – a higher turnout among older moviegoers than most releases have seen. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her obstetrician tried to reassure her, citing independent data showing that for a woman her age, 93 percent of positives turn out to be wrong. New York Times, 1 Jan. 2022 But back then, there would have had to have been some betting that their idea of the future would turn out correctly. Meghan Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Dec. 2021 With the establishment's control of the legislative council a foregone conclusion, the biggest question in this race is whether the voters will turn out. Arkansas Online, 19 Dec. 2021 Weapons experts note that allegations about secret biological and chemical programs often turn out to be inaccurate, as U.S. intelligence agencies discovered after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021 Tesla’s trillion-plus valuation amounts to an augury by investors that EVs will turn out to be a bonanza for Tesla and Tesla alone. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021 Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner are also unafraid to tamper with the narrative, in ways that might at first seem subtle but turn out to be profound. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 No Way Home is the talk of the town, but a different MCU movie might turn out to be one of the most influential films of the MCU Phase 4. Chris Smith, BGR, 15 Sep. 2021 Republican presidents have often appointed justices who were or would turn out to be liberals. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 4 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of turnout


1688, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4a

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“Turnout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnout. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnout

: the number of people who go to or participate in something
: an area next to a road where vehicles can stop


turn·​out | \ ˈtərn-ˌau̇t How to pronounce turnout (audio) \

Kids Definition of turnout

: a gathering of people for a special reason We had a good turnout for the meeting.

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