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


the request to use the restroom was just a formality—I really didn't expect a turndown


I'm afraid that I will have to turn down your invitation.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Important Pup) Package, which includes a two-night stay, keepsake water bowls, treats at turndown and more. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Dog Day: How to celebrate this pawesome holiday in Orlando," 22 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

States actively police what vanity plates get approved; Utah alone has rejected around 1,000 plates over the years, and that’s not even counting those turned down for being duplicates of existing plates. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "A Brief History of Vanity License Plates Gone Wrong," 18 Aug. 2019 Tennessee hired Derek Dooley, Butch Jones and Jeremy Pruitt after being turned down by Gundy, among others. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Mike Gundy says he’s turned down Tennessee job 3 times, his team would have beaten LSU in 2011," 14 Aug. 2019 Even lesser forms of protest, such as widespread efforts to turn down overtime, are against federal rules, McBryde said. Dallas News, "American Airlines wins trial over mechanics in work slowdown case," 12 Aug. 2019 Texas is a model case, for its legislators and governor not only turned down measures that would impose rational controls on gun owners, but loosened existing laws. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Just before a shooter killed 20 in El Paso, the NRA celebrated looser Texas gun laws," 4 Aug. 2019 Woodstock 50 this morning appealed a decision by the Town of Vernon to turn down a permit needed to hold its 50th Anniversary Festival at Vernon Downs. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Update: Woodstock 50 New Location Permit Appeal Rejected," 11 July 2019 Kerr asked someone to turn down the volume for his 10-minute courtside news conference. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors have carried a heavy load from the very start of this season," 9 June 2019 Barcelona have been tipped to launch a €60m bid for the 22-year-old, which could prove too tempting to turn down. SI.com, "Barcelona to Pursue €60m Deal for Juventus Midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur," 25 Aug. 2019 An archdiocese spokesman turned down multiple requests to interview Sample or Kuforiji. oregonlive.com, "Reverence and resistance in one of Portland’s oldest Catholic churches," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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