turn·​down | \ ˈtərn-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce turndown (audio) \

Definition of turndown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : something turned down also : an instance of turning something (such as a bed sheet) down hotel turndown service
2 : rejection
3 : downturn


turn·​down | \ ˈtərn-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce turndown (audio) \

Definition of turndown (Entry 2 of 3)

: capable of being turned down especially : worn turned down a turndown collar

turn down

turned down; turning down; turns down

Definition of turn down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce the height or intensity of by turning a control turn down the radio
2 : to fold or double down
3 : to decline to accept : reject turned down the offer
4 : to turn (a card) face downward

intransitive verb

: to be capable of being folded or doubled down the collar turns down

Examples of turndown in a Sentence

Noun the request to use the restroom was just a formality—I really didn't expect a turndown Verb I'm afraid that I will have to turn down your invitation.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Birmingham is also unique in that home prices have seen a bit of a turndown starting in February, while values in surrounding cities continue to rise. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 7 Aug. 2022 Think: wine in-room upon arrival, a romantic turndown, or a surprise treat for the kids. Rachel King, Fortune, 11 Aug. 2022 Today, romantic passages from the letters are used for the nightly turndown service. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Luckily, die-hard fishermen weren’t expecting turndown service or gourmet food. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 There is even in-flight turndown service where attendants make the beds up for you. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Travelers in a private roomette will receive access to a restroom and shower as well as a dedicated attendant who provides things like turndown service and helps with luggage. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2022 There’s also turndown service, complete with a classic Andes chocolate mint in a custom gold Short Stories wrapper. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2022 In addition, 141 new Chapter 313 applications in the pipeline in 2021 and 2022 are pending approval, of which Bandera’s turndown was a rarity. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Is there any high school football team in America that would turn down the opportunity to play a football game at SoFi Stadium? Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 This adventure was just too a-peel-ing to turn down. Seventeen, 14 Sep. 2022 While Thomas said outreach teams frequently talk to people on the street who turn down shelter, Phillips ironically was kept busy throughout the morning answering calls from people asking for shelter. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 His five sacks ranked second on the team, and while most came late in blowouts, this is not a program that can turn down even any successful pass rush. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 Compared to before the experiment, participants in the challenging group were more likely to turn down a future monetary reward in favor of an immediate, though smaller, cash reward, according to Nature News. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Aug. 2022 He has been hindered by a string of controversies relating to his cabinet choices, his relocation of the presidential office and his decision last week to turn down an in-person meeting with visiting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Jiyoung Sohn And Hakyung Kim, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who used his no-trade clause to turn down a trade to Cleveland in 2016, officially retired Saturday and was added to Milwaukee’s Wall of Honor. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2022 Employers aren't restricted to hiring in certain geographies, and candidates won't be forced to turn down job offers due to inflexible or exclusively in-office working models. Raja Patel, Forbes, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turndown


1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1763, in the meaning defined above


1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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“Turndown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turndown. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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