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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for turnout

Synonyms: Verb

arise, get up, rise, roll out, uprise

Antonyms: Verb

bed (down), retire, turn in

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Examples of turnout in a Sentence


The opening game of the season brought only a small turnout. a 50 percent voter turnout


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

Voter turnout in 2020 is expected to reach its highest level in decades -- some say since 1908. John Blake, CNN, "Trump is doing what Obama couldn't," 23 Aug. 2019 There’s going to be historic turnout in primaries next year. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Stacey Abrams Launches Initiative To Fight Voter Suppression," 14 Aug. 2019 Trump factor Then enter Trump, whose reelection bid is likely to drive record turnout in Texas among partisans on both sides. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Why are so many Texas Republicans in Congress bolting for the exits, and what does it mean for 2020?," 9 Aug. 2019 Voter turnout is expected to be extremely low, since there is no other major race on the ballot. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "Tiffany Cabán’s Feminist Coalition," 4 June 2019 The millions of dollars out-of-state Democrats poured into the O’Rourke race to drive voter turnout will return in 2020. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump 2.0 Begins," 7 Nov. 2018 With the primary falling on the day after Labor Day, just as many voters return from summer vacations and the new school year is starting, turnout is expected to be modest. Steve Leblanc, The Seattle Times, "Incumbents, fresh faces facing off in Massachusetts primary," 3 Sep. 2018 Democratic turnout is expected to be high, and voter excitement in the 49th Congressional District will boost down-ballot candidates that overlap with the House seat. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wasting no time, campaigns gearing up for November's general election," 15 June 2018 With Russia, China, Iran and Syria amongst other potential threats making frequent headlines, the turnout amongst NATO nations was expected to be particularly strong. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Eurosatory 2018: Huge wheeled military ATV swims and surprises," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Only someone whose daily life will scarcely even quiver however the battle turns out could possibly take this view. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Justice Gorsuch calls for ‘civility,’ always a code for shutting down free speech," 13 Sep. 2019 Ahead of the weekend local elections, demonstrators turned out by the thousands to protest the disqualification of several opposition candidates for the Moscow City Council. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Thanks to a drone, Russian activist saves sensitive hard drive right before police raid," 13 Sep. 2019 Knives Out, a clear highlight of the festival so far, turns out to be anything but simple. David Sims, The Atlantic, "TIFF 2019: Nine Movies to Pay Attention to This Awards Season," 10 Sep. 2019 Whoops, sorry, this turns out to be something different. Alexandra Petri, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Please enjoy Facebook Dating!," 9 Sep. 2019 Younger moviegoers turned out in force, with 64 percent of ticket buyers between ages 18 and 34, while nearly half of the audience was 25 and younger. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'It: Chapter Two' Terrifies With $91M U.S. Debut," 8 Sep. 2019 John ShearerGetty Images On Friday night, fans turned out for Shawn Mendes' concert at the Rogers Centre in his hometown of Toronto, Canada. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes Look in Love During a Surprise Duet in Toronto," 7 Sep. 2019 Much of the film turned out to be unusable and later, a fire destroyed more sets and props. Katherine Yamada, Glendale News-Press, "Verdugo Views: Charlie Chaplin’s time filming ‘The Circus’ had comedic moments of its own," 5 Sep. 2019 M Smokehouse turns out about 1,500 pounds of barbecue a week. San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Naming the best of the best San Antonio barbecue," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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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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