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
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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Organizers are cautiously optimistic about actual registration turnout, which could look as different from the promising projections as a mouth guard and a shin guard. David Lavaque, Star Tribune, "Questions persist about new stopgap high school hockey leagues," 12 Oct. 2020 Problems with the electronic pollbooks were one of the issues that contributed to hourslong lines in Georgia during the June primary election, along with high turnout, consolidated polling places and shortages of poll workers. Arkansas Online, "Technical problems arise as early voting starts in Georgia," 12 Oct. 2020 Democratic turnout in the city of Milwaukee, which generates close to 10% of the statewide vote. Craig Gilbert, jsonline.com, "Trump and Biden need to win Wisconsin. The swing state could be 2020 election 'tipping point'," 12 Oct. 2020 Voter registration isn't a proxy for turnout, as voters can cross party lines on the ballot and given Arizona's high proportion of voters who don't register with either major party. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, "How do you get out the vote during a pandemic? In Arizona, it depends on your political party," 9 Oct. 2020 Experts say that voter fraud is rare and has not been proven to have any impact on large-scale elections, but the issue can swing small elections with low turnout. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Carrollton mayoral candidate arrested, faces 109 felony charges related to voter fraud, police say," 8 Oct. 2020 On the Duck Valley Indian Reservation straddling the Nevada-Idaho line, Lynn Manning-John believes allowing people to collect and return ballots for other voters could improve low turnout. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Tribes see ballot collection as a lifeline in Indian Country," 28 Sep. 2020 Democrats are also trying to boost Black voter turnout, which dipped four years ago. Tarini Parti, WSJ, "Kamala Harris Woos Black and Latino Voters as Joe Biden’s Running Mate," 16 Sep. 2020 While Trump remains the heavy favorite among this voting bloc, public polling suggests his margins are smaller, and turnout, especially in the battleground states, will be key. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Not just suburbanites: Trump has a problem with noncollege white voters too," 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An incoming near-earth asteroid might turn out to be the returning husk of a rocket booster that propelled a NASA mission into space in 1966: a cosmic reminder of how polluting humans are. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Ballot design should be boring," 20 Oct. 2020 And yet the most provocative headlines often turn out to be the most misleading. Robin Terry Brown, National Geographic, "News can be confusing. Here’s how to teach kids to be expert fact-checkers.," 19 Oct. 2020 But Big Hit's extreme reliance on BTS, which accounted for 97% of sales last year, could turn out to be as much a liability as an asset. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Borrowing is dirt cheap. These countries are cashing in," 15 Oct. 2020 The unidentified flying object detected by a telescope in Hawaii last month might turn out to be a piece of space junk rather than an asteroid. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "That Asteroid Heading Into Earth’s Orbit May Actually Be an Old Rocket From 1966," 15 Oct. 2020 When it is all said and done, however, Williams could turn out to be one of the most explosive players in the 2020 draft pool. Jeff Mcdonald Staff Writer, ExpressNews.com, "High-flying Florida State freshman could add to Spurs’ growing cache of athleticism," 14 Oct. 2020 Will Donald Trump turn out to be the William Jennings Bryan of our time? William A. Galston, WSJ, "Trump’s ‘Cross of Gold’ Moment," 13 Oct. 2020 A week later, about 25,000 to 50,000 turn out for a celebration in Cleveland. Marc Bona, cleveland, "1920 World Series: Our game-by-game coverage," 13 Oct. 2020 Mondays typically turn out the lowest case counts of the week, as fewer tests are conducted and processed over the weekend. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin reports 950 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus as state's crisis continues," 12 Oct. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

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“Turnout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnout. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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