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

The service will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who the senior bishop of the Church of England, and will take place at either Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral, where there's likely to be an impressive international turnout. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "What Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth II Dies?," 25 Mar. 2019 Her campaign tripled voter turnout among Latino and Asian American voters. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 Now, a pair of independent reports prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee add to a wealth of evidence that targeting African Americans and suppressing black turnout was a crucial aspect of this effort. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "How Russia exploited racial tensions in America during the 2016 elections," 17 Dec. 2018 While strong Trump supporters come fairly close to strong Trump opponents on this measure, their smaller share of the electorate illustrates a key factor driving Democrats’ turnout edge. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Democrats more enthusiastic about voting in midterms," 12 July 2018 But that’s when Trump came to Florida — twice — to boost turnout for DeSantis. Brendan Farrington, The Seattle Times, "DeSantis thanks Trump after winning Florida’s governor race," 7 Nov. 2018 Just one in-person conversation had a profound effect on a voter’s decision to go to the polls, and such in-person conversations have been found to boost turnout by 20 percent. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "How to Impact the Midterms, Even If You Don’t Live in a Swing State," 22 Oct. 2018 The enthusiasm surrounding the Senate race in Texas could trickle down to congressional races, which may boost voter turnout in the Lone Star state and fuel momentum for both parties, political experts say. Madeleine Rivera, Fox News, "Texas Senate race between Cruz, O'Rourke generating excitement, boosting congressional races," 28 Sep. 2018 Ultimately, Trump’s election came down to 80,000 votes across three states — and by selectively depressing turnout with divisive social media posts, Hall argues, Russia’s interference was decisive. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The case that Russia is winning the cyberwar," 25 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sadzeck had no idea his chance to get what turned out to be his first MLB save would come Thursday. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "It’s not just the bats — the Mariners bullpen is also setting MLB records," 13 Apr. 2019 Little did Rosie know that her comments would turn out to be a major talking point in one of the biggest View blowups in the show's history six days later. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Really Happened on 'The View' Between Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell," 27 Mar. 2019 On social media Jen Hart portrayed the image of a happy, postracial American family, but what was going on inside their Woodland, Washington, home turned out to be something very different. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Sarah Hart Was ‘Intoxicated’: Everything We’ve Learned So Far About the Hart Family From the Coroner’s Inquest," 5 Apr. 2019 Flower pots were filled with what appeared to be soil but turned out to be edible, and Dover Sole was served nestled in the sole of a sparkling Jimmy Choo. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Dada Daily Throws a Surrealist Dinner at One of New York’s Most Resplendent Apartments," 30 Mar. 2019 However, getting visibly nervous part way through, said employee beckoned her Goop supervisor to join her, which turned out to be none other than Paltrow herself. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Just Made a Surprise 'Saturday Night Live' Appearance as a Goop Employee," 10 Mar. 2019 Our third flat came just before the national park, where the perils turned out to be kiawe thorns, not lava bombs. James Sturz, WSJ, "Hawaii’s Big Island By Bike: A Heart-Racing, Spectacularly Scenic Trip," 12 Feb. 2019 Another wall is a full pane of glass, which turns out to be a fine substitute for fresh air on rainy days. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "96-square-foot pavilion is the ultimate rustic studio," 6 Dec. 2018 The villagers invited us to join them for dinner, which turned out to be a raucous, improvised potluck. David Amsden, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Bespoke River Cruise Through the Golden Triangle," 19 Nov. 2018

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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