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

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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 The floating breakfast has quickly become yet another luxury hotel amenity, like afternoon tea or a turndown treat. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 21 June 2021 Indeed Google is less exposed to the turndown in areas of the market that are facing headwinds — such as e-commerce and mobile-app install ads — as the post-pandemic economy takes hold. Peter Cohan, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 After the turndown by Kol Israel, Bingham went to visit Fleischer in Beit El, where he was asked to continue his series of short spots, this time documenting his new life in Israel. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Apr. 2021 While the final results are expected Friday, labor experts say the likely turndown of a union is a big win for the country's second-largest employer. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 At night, a dedicated attendant provides turndown service, converting the two seats into a bed. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2021 The best turndown amenity, guaranteed to result in a good night's sleep, is a clean conscience. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2020 Among their protocols include social distancing measures and reduced interaction with guests—no turndown service and room service simply left at your door, for example. Matt Ortile, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Sep. 2020 According to Jill Fischbarg, a consultant at Ovation Travel Group in New York, some hotels place adorable plush animals on the bed during turndown service on guests’ final night there. Christopher Elliott Columnist, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While Beasley had planned to spend next week's break at home in Virginia, the former minor league All-Star infielder who never played in the majors couldn't turn down Gallo. Stephen Hawkins, Chron, 10 July 2021 As Eboni says, her love language is gifts, and there is not a Real Housewife who will turn down a gift. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 29 June 2021 Those who would turn down the raise probably assume their taxes would increase from $9,726—that’s 12% of $81,050—to $17,831 , or 22% of $81,051. Larry Light, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 If there is any unusual behavior -- such as the offer price being too high or the collector doesn't appear interested in the work -- the gallery is expected to turn down the offer, the sources said. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 8 July 2021 Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill suggested the state probably doesn’t have the power to turn down unemployment money offered up for free by the federal government. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 3 July 2021 Konopka has even had to turn down some orders to ensure his regular customers are taken care of. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 22 June 2021 Shortages are so acute that manufacturers have had to turn down contracts from businesses that want to make their goods in America, Glas said, even as global competition intensifies. Washington Post, 15 June 2021 That one was out of its control as the top 100 recruit couldn’t turn down the chance to play with his family, and his father is an assistant coach at IU. Stephen Means, cleveland, 11 May 2021

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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 5 Aug. 2021.

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