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
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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When a candidate is predicted to be winning by a landslide, voter turnout is also often lower; for that reason, some candidates even prefer to appear to be in tight races. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "The coronavirus pandemic is changing political polling as we know it," 24 June 2020 And, county clerks told The Enquirer that voter turnout in Northern Kentucky, along with the state, is on track to reach a record high for a primary. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "'They want me to come back.' Thomas Massie takes early lead as unofficial results from Kentucky's primary trickle in," 24 June 2020 Now, turnout for the event was smaller than expected. Cnn Staff, CNN, "The US Wasn't Prepared for Covid-19: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 22," 22 June 2020 On Fox News, senior campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp, told interviewer Chris Wallace that worries about hostile protesters kept some people away, at the same time denying turnout had been disappointing. Laura King, Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 surge in South, Southwest poses growing threat, experts warn," 22 June 2020 In predominately white Noblesville, a conservative suburb in Hamilton County, the turnout was small – a dozen or more teens, a few families and two Democratic candidates running for positions in the Indiana General Assembly. Staff, The Indianapolis Star, "People gather at Indianapolis-area events to commemorate Juneteenth," 19 June 2020 Voter turnout in the United States, in general, is low — and because of that, local elections tend to suffer most. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Voter Turnout On The Local Level Is Plummeting. It’s Time To Change That.," 19 June 2020 Certainly black vote turnout was down across the country in 2016. Lee Drutman, The New Republic, "How Democracy Dies at the Ballot Box," 18 June 2020 Mail voting is expected to be even higher in November because voter turnout is at its peak during presidential elections. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP lawmaker makes last-minute push to halt sending most voters absentee ballot request forms," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the Jenner Institute may turn out to have made the biggest breakthrough of all. The Economist, "Covid-19 Oxford University is leading in the vaccine race," 2 July 2020 If, on the other hand, any of the leading vaccine candidates currently or about to go into Phase 3 testing turn out to be blockbusters—data which is expected to arrive before the end of the year—then there could be a problem. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Vaccine Makers Turn to Microchip Tech to Beat Glass Shortages," 26 June 2020 Women also thought the social ties – the connections with successful men – would turn out to be valuable. 1843, "The secret economics of a VIP party," 25 June 2020 If, by the fall, school is relatively back to normal, this time away may turn out to be just a small speed bump. Lydia Denworth, The Atlantic, "What Happens When Kids Don’t See Their Peers for Months," 24 June 2020 To be sure, Wall Street's rosy prognosis rests on certain assumptions that may turn out to be wrong. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Wall Street thinks the economy will recover fast — here's why," 23 June 2020 If managed competently, this fight may turn out differently, resulting in lower rates of infection and mortality and, possibly, fewer deaths. Eva Kassens-noor, The Conversation, "5 ways the world is better off dealing with a pandemic now than in 1918," 19 June 2020 Take the crowds that turn out routinely when charter-school places are up for grabs. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Race Problem or Crime Problem?," 16 June 2020 The Trump administration is launching what could turn out to be the biggest attack in a century against the giants of America’s meat industry, which already faced uproar over employee treatment during the pandemic. David Mclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "US Meat Giants Face Biggest Attack in Century From Probe," 15 June 2020

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnout

: the number of people who go to or participate in something
US : an area next to a road where vehicles can stop


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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