turndown

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noun

turn·​down ˈtərn-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce turndown (audio)
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: something turned down
also : an instance of turning something (such as a bed sheet) down
hotel turndown service
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turndown

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adjective

turn·​down ˈtərn-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce turndown (audio)
: capable of being turned down
especially : worn turned down
a turndown collar

turn down

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verb

turned down; turning down; turns down

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
In the corner of the bedroom was a small wood-burning fireplace that staff would set up for me at night, along with the turndown service. Taylor McIntyre, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2024 The root cause of these turndowns appears to be the manual approach to handling claims. Shashank Agarwal, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Every night, a delicious dessert amenity appeared with the turndown service. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 Suites come with turndown service, continental breakfasts delivered to the room each morning, and mountain views. Lydia Price, Travel + Leisure, 9 Mar. 2024 For the nightly turndown service, guests are presented with food and beverage items that increase melatonin, easing them into sleep naturally. Ronny Maye, Essence, 30 Nov. 2023 Other experiences to look forward to: surprise bush meals, romantic bath turndowns, and sipping whiskey by a crackling bonfire. Mark Lakin, Travel + Leisure, 27 Dec. 2023 Guests of the latter’s 14 guest rooms and two studios — all with full kitchens and private balconies — can dial the bar for complimentary Midnight Mezcal turndown service. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2023 And each evening, turndown service included a plate of chocolates and a small carafe of port. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2023
Adjective
Room service can be easily ordered via your in-room tablet, and there is nightly turndown service. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 7 Aug. 2023
Verb
Clifford, 62, was hired in June 2022 — his second stint with the Hornets — to replace James Borrego after the team was turned down by Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 3 Apr. 2024 The top reasons freelancers turn down jobs, according to the Wripple study, include a lack of clarity in terms of roles along with inadequate pay. The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2024 Last year Idaho turned down $15 million in federal funds for a similar children’s meal program, one of only a handful of states not to participate. Ian Max Stevenson and, Idaho Statesman, 29 Mar. 2024 Then Dunn turned down the call volume slightly and the other voice disappeared altogether, covered up by country music. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 Image Image Although Medicaid, which paid for Lennie’s hospitalizations, surgeries and medications, would have covered a home nursing aide, Ashlee turned down every candidate. Gina Kolata Kim Raff, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 After season 28 Bachelor runner-up Daisy Kent turned down host Jesse Palmer’s offer to lead the next season of the show on After the Final Rose, the honor went to dark horse candidate Jenn Tran, who will be the franchise’s first Asian Bachelorette. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 26 Mar. 2024 Mike swiftly turned down Natalie’s offer, leaving her devastated and confused. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 This came just a few hours after the Supreme Court in a 6-3 vote turned down the Biden administration’s plea to keep the law on hold. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1763, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1533, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of turndown was in 1533

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Cite this Entry

“Turndown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turndown. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

turn down

verb
1
: to fold back or down
2
: to lower by turning a control
turn down the heat
3
: reject entry 1 sense 1
turned down the job
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