turn·​out | \ ˈtərn-ˌau̇t How to pronounce turnout (audio) \

Definition of turnout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the number of people who participate in or attend an event a heavy voter turnout
2a : a place where something (such as a road) turns out or branches off
b : a space adjacent to a highway in which vehicles may park or pull into to enable others to pass
c : a railroad siding
3 : an act of turning out
4 chiefly British
5 : a clearing out and cleaning
6a : a coach or carriage together with the horses, harness, and attendants
b : equipment, rig
c : manner of dress : getup
7 : net quantity of produce yielded

turn out

turned out; turning out; turns out

Definition of turn out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to come or go out from home in or as if in answer to a summons voters turned out in droves
b : to get out of bed
2a : to prove to be in the result or end the play turned out to be a flop it turned out that we were both wrong
b : to become in maturity nobody thought he'd turn out like this
c : end stories that turn out happily

transitive verb

1 : to put out by or as if by turning a switch turn out the lights
2 : to produce often rapidly or regularly by or as if by machine a writer turning out stories
3a : to turn inside out turning out his pockets
b : to empty the contents of especially for cleaning or rearranging also : clean
4a : expel, evict
b : to put (an animal, such as a horse) to pasture
5 : to equip, dress, or finish in a careful or elaborate way
6 : to call (a guard, a company, etc.) out from rest or shelter and into formation

Synonyms & Antonyms for turnout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of turnout in a Sentence

Noun The opening game of the season brought only a small turnout. a 50 percent voter turnout Verb we turn out early on workdays it's our practice to turn out the room after guests stay over
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Coming just weeks after the Roe v. Wade decision, organizers on both sides said voters were more energized and engaged, leading to record turnout despite the issue being decided in a primary in a midterm year when numbers are historically lower. Lalee Ibssa, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2022 State officials fear voter confusion over an unprecedented second primary election will lead to low turnout. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 21 July 2022 Moso was visibly moved by the turnout and grateful to his team, which included a chef who volunteered just to work the dinner. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 13 July 2022 Lori Snell, 64, who for two decades has owned a home in Avalon with her partner, Kate, was overwhelmed by the turnout. Hannah Frystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2022 An overall 1,607 votes were cast, amounting to a turnout of 24 percent. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2022 Four years later—thanks to a turnout of thousands and demand for more—Baja Beach Fest continues to grow and founders have now expanded to create Sueños. Andrea Bossi, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Arguing that Perdue is the more electable candidate in the fall, Trump raised the specter to low Republican turnout if Kemp is nominated. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 Held outside the regular schedule, usually in response to a death or other unexpected event, and plagued by low turnout, the outcomes can defy both conventional wisdom and underlying conditions. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No, Big Al didn’t ever carry the team to great heights, but getting a guy who’d average 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds over three seasons for what would turn out to be Koufos, Donatas Motiejunas, and Terrence Jones is a good value. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2022 But in the wake of a disappointing and injury-marred rookie season, the 5-9, 165-pound Atwell used his phone to make what might turn out to be the most important move of his young career. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 The story didn’t end there, however, not after Scurry sustained a devastating concussion in what would turn out to be her last professional game. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2022 Irma Vep, the former-critic-turned-filmmaker was only five movies deep into what turn out to be one of the most vital, rewarding and unpredictable careers in world cinema. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 20 June 2022 The right salt makes a huge difference in how well a meal can turn out. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 12 June 2022 Going into 2022, there were questions about whether Trump voters would turn out if the former president is not on the ballot. Dante Chinni, NBC News, 1 June 2022 Coontz goes on to examine how parenting is both harder and easier than experts admit and that, ultimately, so much of how kids turn out isn’t within our control. Kimberly Harrington, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 That means some donors are spending a whole lot of money on what will turn out to be a losing bid. oregonlive, 7 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turnout


1688, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4a

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“Turnout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnout. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for turnout


turn·​out | \ ˈtərn-ˌau̇t How to pronounce turnout (audio) \

Kids Definition of turnout

: a gathering of people for a special reason We had a good turnout for the meeting.

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