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
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

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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 Democratic turnout swelled, leading to victories for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2018 and Biden's 2.8 million votes this year. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "In wake of Trump and storming of the US Capitol, Republicans face uncertain future," 10 Jan. 2021 Democratic turnout in Georgia historically falters during runoffs. Anchorage Daily News, "How Trump’s single-minded focus on election fraud cost Republicans in Georgia," 10 Jan. 2021 And once again, having Trump effectively on the ballot in Georgia goosed Democratic turnout. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Moderate Democrats Rule Washington Now," 6 Jan. 2021 Both Warnock and Ossoff were leading their GOP rivals by more votes than Biden’s margin over President Trump — thanks in large part to strong turnout among Black voters. Los Angeles Times, "Democrats on cusp of Senate control as Ossoff declares victory and GOP begins blaming Trump," 6 Jan. 2021 Georgia election officials said turnout Tuesday shattered the previous record for a run-off in the state, including more than 3 million who voted early. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Georgia's Senate runoffs: Ossoff surges ahead as Warnock makes history with runoff victory," 6 Jan. 2021 Democrats are aware of that history and built an unprecedented turnout operation for these runoffs, hoping to best the Republicans’ own aggressive effort. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Georgians Vote in Runoff Races That Will Determine Senate Control," 5 Jan. 2021 Like the presidential election, the Georgia runoffs are turnout elections, with each side running constant negative ads against the other and making efforts to energize their base. Tyler Olson, Fox News, "Georgia Senate runoff elections: What to know," 5 Jan. 2021 According to Cambridge University, elections that can drive high turnout among young adults will leave a footprint for subsequent ones. Imad Khan, Wired, "Twitch Is Having a Political Renaissance," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Will 2020 turn out to be a disruptive aberration or a decisive turning point? Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "The $600 question: When is it coming?," 28 Dec. 2020 Will 2020 turn out to be an aberration or a turning point? Susan Page, USA Today, "Year of tumult in politics: 2020 changed the U.S., creating 'a big fork in the road' with challenges for Biden, Trump," 28 Dec. 2020 Derek Fisher’s contract extension might turn out to be the final decision among the Sparks that the head coach isn’t involved in. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Derek Fisher to become GM in Sparks’ reorganization," 22 Dec. 2020 Maybe the broad style and rambling structure will turn out to be shrewd calculations in a cultural change as sweeping as the one from props to jets. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Review: Wishfulness Run Riot," 21 Dec. 2020 The new hirings by Michael Pack, the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, may turn out to be short-lived and largely symbolic. Washington Post, "Trump appointee names conservative allies to run Radio Free Europe and Cuba broadcast agency," 19 Dec. 2020 That would turn out to be a particularly painful moment for Forbes, because Hall died in an arson a month later and the community college student was suddenly a prime suspect. NBC News, "Michigan man released from prison after spending 38 years wrongly locked up on arson charge," 18 Dec. 2020 Google may turn out to have relied on its competitors a little too much. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy," 16 Dec. 2020 One, the Tubbs Fire, would turn out to be the most destructive wildfire in California history (a record that has since been broken). Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Pricey Wine Country weddings in high demand, even with fires, smoke and pandemic," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of turnout was in 1546

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“Turnout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnout. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnout

: the number of people who go to or participate in something
US : 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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