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

Spicer didn’t have the decency to turn down the invitation by administrators to participate in a panel discussion about presidential elections. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Sean Spicer and other former Trump enablers don’t deserve our forgiveness.," 12 Sep. 2019 In a time when tech companies are turning down defense and border patrol contracts, Anduril and its investors are going all in. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Secretive Defense Tech Startup Anduril Reaches Unicorn Status: Term Sheet," 12 Sep. 2019 In other places where Obama turned down requests for military assistance—as in Ukraine—the counterfactuals are just as murky. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Moral Logic of Humanitarian Intervention," 9 Sep. 2019 His release could open the door for the Cardinals to re-open contract negotiations with veteran free-agent receiver Michael Crabtree, who reportedly turned down an offer from the team a couple weeks ago. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals release veteran wide receiver Kevin White one day after Hakeem Butler injury," 21 Aug. 2019 Disney was pushing for a 50/50 co-financing agreement going forward, which Sony turned down flat. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man is out of the MCU thanks to Sony/Disney standoff," 20 Aug. 2019 Rose's fellow Briton Paul Casey was one of the few players to publicly turn down an opportunity to play in the event. Matt Majendie, CNN, "Saudi Arabia set to stage record $20M horse race in 2020," 9 Aug. 2019 Much of the country will see record-setting heat this week, causing many to turn down their thermostat in an effort to keep cool. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Thermostats at 78 degrees? That's what the government recommends," 25 July 2019 The officer then saw the Depot man, who turned down the volume, but the music was still loud. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Berea man with rifle on porch arrested for loud music, refusing to cooperate," 19 July 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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