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


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

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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 evenings, there is a complimentary turndown service topped off with warm cookies and milk. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This South Carolina Hotel Was Just Named the Best in the Country," 28 July 2020 The semi-private sleeper cabins include a pair of seats that can be converted into an upper and lower berth for sleeping as well as a sleeping attendant to help with luggage and turndown service. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Amtrak's Buy One Get One Free Sale for Roomettes Has Tickets for As Low As $193," 8 July 2020 In late March, Dave, who was working as a prep-cook and part-time dishwasher, lost both of his jobs to the economic turndown. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, "The pandemic made them homeless. Post readers helped.," 26 June 2020 Throw pillows and bedspreads could be eliminated, as well as welcome and turndown amenities. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Expect When Cruise Ships Sail Again," 8 June 2020 Small arts organizations, suffering financially during the coronavirus turndown, are part of the social fabric of their communities. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "There Goes the Neighborhood," 20 May 2020 On every nightstand is not a piece of chocolate from turndown service but a bottle of hand sanitizer. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "How a Luxury Hotel on Billionaires’ Row Became a Dorm for Hospital Workers," 7 Apr. 2020 The speed of the market turndown has been stunning. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Bernie Sanders, Mets: Your Thursday Evening Briefing," 27 Feb. 2020 Come evening, dogs receive a daily turndown surprise and can snooze in comfort on their very own St. Regis dog beds. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Pet-Friendly Hotels That Both Dogs and Humans Will Love," 1 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Playing an extra season at UTSA would give Guajardo a chance to earn a spot in the 2021 draft and a larger payday, but Hallmark acknowledges that the dream of a professional contract may be hard to turn down. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA’s Arturo Guajardo opening eyes in return from injury with Flying Chanclas de San Antonio," 31 July 2020 Eventually, de Havilland began to turn down projects, an assertive stance that was unheard of for a woman at the time. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Hollywood Wanted Olivia De Havilland To Play An Ingenue Forever. So She Sued Them.," 28 July 2020 Berry is not the only cisgender actor to turn down the role of a transgender character after first considering it. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Halle Berry apologizes after comments about playing a transgender man receive backlash," 7 July 2020 One of them, to be heard next fall, will decide if foster care agencies with religious objections can turn down gay and lesbian couples. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling turns 5: Acceptance, advancement, but opposition remains," 25 June 2020 Typically, the unemployed can't turn down jobs and continue to collect benefits. Tami Luhby, CNN, "Many jobless parents could have a tougher time turning down work for lack of child care," 24 June 2020 Federal law allows private employers to turn down a job applicant because of a past bankruptcy filing, which employers can ask about on a job application or learn about through a credit check. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, "Bankruptcy Is Extra Burden for Some Job Seekers," 24 June 2020 The neighbor agreed to turn down the tunes for the night. John Benson, cleveland, "Drunk boyfriend won’t leave, forced to sleep it off with family: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 24 June 2020 Instead, the players’ union representatives voted, 33-5, to turn down the offer, leaving it to Manfred to implement a season. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MLB players agree to report back to camps on July 1 for 60-game season beginning July 23 or 24," 23 June 2020

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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