turnout

noun
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

verb

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

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

In the 2016 election, every caucus state except Idaho had lower than 16 percent voter turnout. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How Is a Caucus Different From a Primary? Your Definitive Guide," 28 Feb. 2019 When the 2015 polls were delayed by six weeks due to security challenges in the northeast, turnout dropped 10 percentage points to 44%. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria’s Election Gets Under Way After a Stop-Start Runup," 23 Feb. 2019 These women, in part, inspired me to create Eighteen x 18, an initiative to increase youth voter education and turnout. Yara Shahidi, Teen Vogue, ""Yes She Can" Is the Yara Shahidi-Approved Collection of Stories From Young Women Staffers of the Obama White House," 14 Jan. 2019 One is that Russia aimed to stop people from voting, and lower turnout historically favors Republican candidates. Alex Ward, Vox, "4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference," 17 Dec. 2018 But in North Dakota, Jane Lytvynenko found that Democrats ran a misleading Facebook ad which targeted hunters in an apparent effort to suppress Republican turnout. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 All this adds up to an unprecedented experiment in free transit and turnout boosting travel options. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Free rides to the polls test the transit and turnout connection," 1 Nov. 2018 Strong Democratic turnout, particularly among black voters, and a flawed GOP opponent powered Jones to that unlikely win in Alabama. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Live results for the Mississippi Senate election," 27 Nov. 2018 Michael Ryan, executive director at the New York City Board of Elections, blamed the issue on high turnout, double-sided ballots, and wet weather damaging the ballots. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Voters Across the Country Are Running Into Issues at the Polls," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The revelation turned out to be Kendall's new partnership with acne treatment company Proactiv. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Kendall Jenner’s 'Most Raw' Story Was About Finally Finding a Treatment for Her Cystic Acne," 7 Jan. 2019 And on a granular level, being honest with myself has turned out to be one of the biggest keys in staying tidy. Dawn Nadeau, Good Housekeeping, "How I Totally Changed My Life to Finally Get Organized," 28 Dec. 2018 Whether the film can maintain that momentum through the Oscars may depend on how victorious Vice turns out to be when the Globes are handed out on January 6. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 But often, those estimates are just that, guesses that don’t turn out to be accurate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 subsidies are deeply unpopular, but far from uncommon," 14 Nov. 2018 Our pilot, who was only 23, was given GPS coordinates that turned out to be incorrect! Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #4," 3 Oct. 2018 The Rose Bowl win over Washington on Jan. 1 turned out to be the last game for both Haskins and Meyer. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins declares for NFL draft," 7 Jan. 2019 But with producers like Robert Zemeckis and leads like Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, this one just might turn out differently. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 But this oven-baked risotto was so simple and turned out extremely tastey in my opinion. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "June postscript: 5 unusual things you can make in an Internet-connected oven," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of turnout

Noun

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4a

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turnout

noun

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

turnout

noun
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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