turndown

noun
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

turndown

adjective
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

verb
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

Otherwise, the Knicks got more turndowns that Quasimodo at the Posture Prom. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Kevin Durant moves on: The Warriors, NBA are better for it," 1 July 2019 Amenities include a small-plates breakfast with each stay, evening turndown service, outdoor fire pit, onsite library, and more. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 11 June 2019 Even a standard king, at an already-generous 535 square feet, comes with special treatment: A bubble bath lit by candles is drawn at turndown upon request. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Moran said he was also torn, especially since the city cited the Uptown plan to turn down a proposal for a Pearle Vision to operate at 1 S. Prospect Ave. in what was then a vacant restaurant space in the Pickwick Theatre building. Heather Cherone, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge weighs what businesses should be okayed for Uptown; grants tentative approval for hair salon," 13 Aug. 2019 The Norwegian is suspected to have played some part in turning down this opportunity. SI.com, "Manchester United End Paulo Dybala Pursuit Over Attacker's Massive Contract Demands," 4 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday, American Airlines filed testimony from managers in Philadelphia and Dallas who said all requests for overtime were being turned down for stretches of a week or more at certain sites. Dallas News, "Judge orders union to fine and discipline American Airlines mechanics who cause delays and cancellations," 11 July 2019 Maryland, Hogan said, wouldn't turn down more assistance from Washington, placing responsibility on both Congress and the White House. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan calls Trump's tweets "outrageous and inappropriate"," 29 July 2019 So, turn down funding from angels and firms who have toxic cultures. Allyson Kapin, Quartz, "We’ve debunked tech’s “pipeline problem.” So why aren’t more women getting funding?," 24 July 2019 Why is everyone turning down a chance to play for Team USA, which will be coached by a guy who’s won five NBA titles (Gregg Popovich) and assistant-coached by a guy who’s won three of the past five (Steve Kerr)? Matt Bonesteel, The Denver Post, "Does anyone want to play for the U.S. World Cup basketball team?," 24 July 2019 If only viewers could turn down the volume on him and amplify someone on screen besides the big bully. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Showtime's 'Loudest Voice' falls short by giving Roger Ailes too much of a bully pulpit," 28 June 2019 The economy, which only recently emerged from recession, may turn down again this year. The Economist, "Turkey’s president fails to see off his most powerful rival yet," 28 June 2019

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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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