turn·​out | \ˈtərn-ˌau̇t \

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

a : strike sense 3a

b : striker sense 1d

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


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

clean, cleanse, deterge, GI

Antonyms: Verb

besmirch, dirty, foul, soil, spot, stain, sully

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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

As reported by Time, that would be a historically high level of turnout for the age group, whose current high score is 21% from elections in 1986 and 1994. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Early Voting Spikes in Texas and Georgia Could Be a Sign of Historic Youth Voter Turnout in the 2018 Midterms," 2 Nov. 2018 In The Midterms, Congress Is The Star Of The Show Voter turnout during midterm elections is historically low, with only about 36 percent of eligible voters casting ballots in 2014. Lauren Holter, Marie Claire, "If You Care About Immigration, Here's What You Need To Know About The Midterms," 16 Oct. 2018 Republicans have tended to slightly outperform in polls like these while Democrats have tended to miss the mark slightly on the basis of turnout alone. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A new home for House Power Rankings," 15 Aug. 2018 That might not seem like not much of a difference, but consider the factor of turnout. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Should Ocasio-Cortez’s upset have Michael Capuano worried?," 27 June 2018 The takeaway: Marijuana on this year’s ballot is almost certain to have an impact on turnout. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "It's not a normal election year in Michigan — again," 16 June 2018 The vote’s outcome will inevitably depend on turnout. Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg.com, "Favored in Ontario’s Election: A Trump-Like Populist Dangling Tax Cuts," 7 June 2018 And even a small spike in Republican turnout across the state could damage Democratic candidates in swing districts down the ballot. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Democrats have more to lose in California than a few primaries," 4 June 2018 It’s also based on 2016 numbers, which are, due to higher general turnout, likely higher than the 2018 figures. German Lopez, Vox, "Would ex-felon voting rights have flipped Florida for Democrats? It’s possible.," 7 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hope in knowing that across the country young voters turned out for the election in historic numbers. Dr. Yashica Robinson, Teen Vogue, "New Abortion Amendments in Alabama and West Virginia Show Need for Reproductive Rights Activism," 9 Nov. 2018 Understandably, members of the public turned out in droves to welcome Meghan and Harry to New Zealand: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with the public at Pukeahu National War Memorial. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's ASOS Maternity Dress Only Costs $56, and Her Plaid Trench Is Perfect for Fall," 28 Oct. 2018 The league's leaders called for the community to support the young players and on Saturday about 100 people turned out for a morning game, where the Salvation Army distributed free water and coffee. Fox News, "Car enters ballfield, killing man who confessed to deadly hit-and-run years earlier, reports say," 2 Oct. 2018 But any system has vulnerabilities, and Infiniti’s software didn’t account for the right-hand turn out of the Aberdeen Habitat for Humanity loading dock. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Just Human Drivers—Machines Have Blind Spots, Too," 21 Sep. 2018 After dropping off in 2014 and 2016, black voters turned out in the highest numbers this decade to help push Doug Jones to victory. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The Mississippi Senate runoff, Dems’ last chance for one more 2018 upset, explained," 20 Nov. 2018 And at the polls on November 6, voters turned out in record numbers. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "6 Things to Do to Stay Political Now That Midterms Are Over," 8 Nov. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle turned out for an Invictus Games event on Saturday wearing matching shirts. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wore Matching Shirts to the Invictus Games Kickoff," 20 Oct. 2018 The caller turns out to be notorious gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 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

: an area next to a road where vehicles can stop


turn·​out | \ˈtərn-ˌau̇t \

Kids Definition of turnout

: a gathering of people for a special reason We had a good turnout for the meeting.

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