turnout

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noun

turn·​out ˈtərn-ˌau̇t How to pronounce turnout (audio)
1
: the number of people who participate in or attend an event
a heavy voter turnout
2
a
: 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
6
a
: a coach or carriage together with the horses, harness, and attendants
b
c
: manner of dress : getup
7
: net quantity of produce yielded

turn out

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verb

turned out; turning out; turns out

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
3
a
: to turn inside out
turning out his pockets
b
: to empty the contents of especially for cleaning or rearranging
also : clean
4
a
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
If your teen enjoys cooking and baking or hasn’t had a good turnout with recent cooking trials, this cookbook with 80 step-by-step recipes is a winner for their next dinner. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 For instance, at a recent event in Mumbai, my company experienced an overwhelming turnout of 2,000 attendees. Dev Gadhvi, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 And, to add an additional obstacle, with Republicans counting on strong election-day turnout given their voters’ reluctance to engage in early voting, the New York area was pummeled by a severe snowstorm. The Editors, National Review, 15 Feb. 2024 Fans can typically wager on the turnout of the yearly coin toss, which color of Gatorade will be dumped on the winning team's coach and how long the National Anthem will be — to name just a few examples. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 9 Feb. 2024 That will be important for Biden, who would greatly benefit from a strong turnout among Democratic-leaning young voters. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Disenchanted voters stay home, and turnout in national elections keeps dropping. Richard Katz, Foreign Affairs, 31 Jan. 2024 And the difference in turnout could be even larger because the lack of serious competition may further reduce interest in the caucuses. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 5 Feb. 2024 In an Instagram reel posted to CBS Sports, families decked out in Chiefs gear and held signs for the rookie sensation, who waved back, seemingly appreciative for the turnout. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024
Verb
Check in, drop your bags and head off to what turns out to be a fun bonding exercise for all ages, and a welcome antidote against screen time for everyone. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 But moviegoers from a wide range turned out for the first big-screen biopic of the Rastafarian legend. Jake Coyle, Quartz, 18 Feb. 2024 District representatives along with staff from the offices of Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee, Congressman Ro Khanna and state Assemblymember Evan Low all turned out for the occasion. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024 Boston and San Diego had recent cases of arrests for intoxication that turned out to be drivers who had strokes. Mike Baker, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Even after successfully completing rehab, Colker said, her daughter ended up purchasing what turned out to be fake Percocet pills from a street dealer. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 In another recent ruling, the civilian commission said that three Rampart Division officers were justified in fatally shooting a woman who had pointed what turned out to be a replica revolver in their direction. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 The one second that determined the course of my life, could have turned out differently. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 The YouTube video was viewed more than 100 million times and fueled nationwide protests, occurring after hundreds of thousands of Mr. Navalny’s supporters had turned out across Russia to protest his arrest, braving subzero temperatures and the batons of riot police. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4a

Time Traveler
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 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

turnout

1 of 2 noun
turn·​out ˈtər-ˌnau̇t How to pronounce turnout (audio)
: the number of people who attend or who do something (as vote)
a good turnout at the meeting
expected a light voter turnout

turn out

2 of 2 verb
ˌtər-ˈnau̇t,
ˈtər-
1
: to put or empty out of a container
2
: to make by or as if by machine
the factory turns out automobiles
turns out a new story every month
3
: turn off sense 2
who turned out the light?
4
: to come or go out from home
thousands turned out to see them
5
: to prove to be
it turned out to be only the cat
of course, I turned out to be right

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