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

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

These things do not help, but the uncomfortable truth is that in low-turnout electoral politics, a smaller, cohesive, motivated group can go on outvoting a larger, disparate, apathetic group for a long time. The Economist, "Demography is not destinyBuilding a multiracial coalition is more difficult than it seems," 12 July 2018 Forty-seven counties reported voter turnout on June 5 higher than the statewide average, though many of the localities are rural regions with relatively few voters. John Myers, latimes.com, "California's primary election saw higher turnout than recent years, but most voters still skipped it," 10 July 2018 New York’s is powerful, with deep roots — but often lazy, a laziness that sometimes seems intentional, in light of the low voter turnout that results. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reading List," 10 July 2018 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), at a press conference Wednesday, warned against drawing big conclusions about her future from a low-turnout primary in a heavily Democratic district. Janet Hook, WSJ, "Upset of Joseph Crowley Sends a Message to House Democrats’ Aging White Leaders," 27 June 2018 But Barreiro stepped down right away in order to set up an abbreviated, low-turnout special election that would favor the wife of the long-time commissioner. David Smiley And Sarah Blaskey, miamiherald, "Miami Democrats may have claimed two Republican victims with a single election victory," 20 June 2018 Jay County had the highest voter turnout rate, 57 percent. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana voter turnout in primary fails to crack 20 percent," 14 June 2018 Citywide voter turnout is estimated to have been over 50 percent. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF mayor’s race: London Breed hangs on to slim lead over Mark Leno," 11 June 2018 The party is counting on the enthusiasm of its base to mobilize voters and drive up turnout in November. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democrats push for unity in California House races after bruising primary," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the idea that today’s children need immediate gratification turns out to be wrong. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Kids Today Are Actually More Patient Than Kids 50 Years Ago," 11 July 2018 The fossil would turn out to include six neck vertebrae, part of the right shoulder blade, and most of the right forelimb. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "The Most Massive of Dinos Evolved Earlier Than Previously Thought," 9 July 2018 Thousands turned out in Addis Ababa under tight security to welcome Isaias, whose visit is the latest step in ending a long state of war. BostonGlobe.com, "6 dead after attackers target presidential palace," 14 July 2018 More than 2,000 people, including about 700 uniformed officers, turned out to honor Capt. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mourners, including 700 uniformed officers, turn out to honor firefighter killed in blast," 14 July 2018 Hundreds of people turned out Friday to celebrate the best of Homewood, enjoy an early-morning festival and mingle with TV personalities. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Homewood takes spotlight on 'WGN Morning News' live block party broadcast," 13 July 2018 Ultimately, the plant would turn out 500,000 vehicles a year, primarily for the China market. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: A first round of reuniting families," 11 July 2018 Two days after Duchess Kate's parents and siblings turned out to celebrate Prince Louis's christening in London, Pippa and her brother James made a court side appearance at Wimbledon. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Just Wore the Perfect Summer Shirtdress to Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 Community groups representing parks, libraries, and the extension have also turned out at commission meetings to urge the board not to abandon their programs. Meris Lutz, ajc, "Proposed Cobb tax increase galvanizes residents for and against," 8 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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