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


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 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 Hong Kong police had previously turned down a request to hold Sunday's march and warned that anyone attending could face imprisonment, but demonstrators were undeterred. NBC News, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon as violence flares after protesters defy ban," 15 Sep. 2019 The Democratic National Committee had turned down a suggestion to debate climate change but CNN picked up the mantle. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "What We Learned From The Fortune Global Sustainability Forum," 11 Sep. 2019 Prescott has reportedly already turned down an extension worth $30 million per season. Si Wire, SI.com, "Giants vs. Cowboys Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 8 Sep. 2019 In fact, the Minnesota legislature has turned down the proposition of allowing drivers to buy a license plate for their car which promotes adoption. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Make good use of the next couple of months: renegotiate trash in St. Paul," 29 Aug. 2019 Jay-Z has even turned down previous Super Bowl invites in support of Kaepernick. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Fox News’ Tomi Lahren blasts ‘former drug dealer’ Jay-Z and NFL’s new partnership," 14 Aug. 2019 Jay-Z has turned down invitations to perform at the Super Bowl, as has Rihanna. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Tomi Lahren slams NFL's partnership with Jay-Z: 'Apparently the league doesn't hate America enough'," 14 Aug. 2019 According to the organizers' website, five companies — Netflix, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Tumblr and Gillette — have already turned down their offer. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Netflix: The Straight Pride Parade "is about hate — not pride"," 18 July 2019 Lonzo had turned down stable and lucrative offers from Nike and Adidas to promote the family brand. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Big Baller Brand's demise looks imminent with sad clearance sale at a local gym," 16 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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