turndown

noun
turn·​down | \ ˈtərn-ˌdau̇n \

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

turndown

adjective
turn·​down | \ ˈtərn-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of turndown (Entry 2 of 3)

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

turn down

verb

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

Visitors can hang out at off-leash beaches like the city’s Eastern Beach and hike Portland Trails woodland and coastal areas, according to VisitPortland.com, and some dog-friendly hotels even offer pet massages and turndown treats! Jessica Migala, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Dog-Friendly Road Trips in the U.S.," 26 July 2018 XV Beacon, Boston, MA Dogs indulge in the Boston good life at XV Beacon, from a personalized plate of peanut butter treats upon arrival to doggie-bed turndown service each night. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the U.S.," 11 Apr. 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 The morning coat is typically worn for daytime events, such as Meghan and Harry’s wedding, and consists of a tailored coat, striped trousers, turndown collar shirt, waistcoat, tie, and accessories like top hats and canes. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "WATCH: 9 Words You Need to Know Before the Royal Wedding," 9 May 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018 Under the federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, which requires annual collection of vast amounts of data on loan transactions nationwide, lenders can voluntarily provide up to three reasons for their turndowns and pricing. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections, study shows," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Others say China is too big to turn down, and that potential concerns can be mitigated. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Chinese Investment in Israel Raises Security Fears," 11 Feb. 2019 Some Californians could be forced to turn down their air conditioners, hold off on doing their laundry or make other sacrifices in the name of energy conservation. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Summer just got a little hotter: The state might have you turn down your AC | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 And who would want to turn down those droves of fashion-hungry men? Matt Sebra, GQ, "The Hottest Menswear Is Made by Women's Designers," 12 Apr. 2018 Even so, the suppliers have been turning down orders from new buyers. The Economist, "Corn beef," 12 Apr. 2018 Arizona officials had asked the court to turn down the case, citing Hidalgo's heinous crimes and refuting claims that the death penalty is unfairly administered. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court refuses to reconsider death penalty in Arizona case," 19 Mar. 2018 Even with all these demands fulfilled, applicants could still be turned down. NBC News, "Anne Frank's family tried to escape to U.S. but hit immigration roadblocks," 6 July 2018 Still, 61 percent of eligible students -- or more than 45,000 needy Oregonians -- were turned down. Betsy Hammond, OregonLive.com, "Oregon denied financial aid to 2 out of every 3 eligible college students," 23 May 2018 Devonte’s biological aunt, Priscilla Celestine, fought for custody of him and three of his siblings but was turned down by a Texas appeals court in 2010. Essence.com, "Devonte Hart's Adoptive Mother Intoxicated, Children Possibly Drugged In Case Of Woman Who Drove Family Off Cliff," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of turndown

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1763, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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