turn out

verb

Definition of turn out

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to come or go out from home in or as if in answer to a summons voters turned out in drovesb :  to get out of bed

  3. 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 wrongb :  to become in maturity nobody thought he'd turn out like thisc :  end stories that turn out happily

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to put out by or as if by turning a switch turn out the lights

  6. 2 :  to produce often rapidly or regularly by or as if by machine a writer turning out stories

  7. 3a :  to turn inside out turning out his pocketsb :  to empty the contents of especially for cleaning or rearranging; also :  clean

  8. 4a :  expel, evictb :  to put (an animal, such as a horse) to pasture

  9. 5 :  to equip, dress, or finish in a careful or elaborate way

  10. 6 :  to call (a guard, a company, etc.) out from rest or shelter and into formation

Examples of turn out in a Sentence

  1. we turn out early on workdays

  2. it's our practice to turn out the room after guests stay over

First Known Use of turn out

1546



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up turn out? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

cleverly stylish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!