turnout

noun turn·out \ ˈtərn-ˌau̇t \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of turnout

1 : the number of people who participate in or attend an event
  • a heavy voter turnout
2 a : 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
a : strike 3a
b : striker 1d
5 : a clearing out and cleaning
6 a : 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

Examples of turnout in a Sentence

  1. The opening game of the season brought only a small turnout.

  2. a 50 percent voter turnout

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First Known Use of turnout

1688

in the meaning defined at sense 3

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turn out

verb

Definition of turn out

1 a : 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
2 a : 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
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
3 a : to turn inside out
  • turning out his pockets
b : to empty the contents of especially for cleaning or rearranging; also : clean
4 a : 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

Examples of turn out in a Sentence

  1. we turn out early on workdays

  2. it's our practice to turn out the room after guests stay over

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First Known Use of turn out

1546

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4a

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TURNOUT Defined for English Language Learners

turnout

Definition of turnout for English Language Learners

  • : the number of people who go to or participate in something

  • : an area next to a road where vehicles can stop


TURNOUT Defined for Kids

turnout

noun turn·out \ ˈtərn-ˌau̇t \

Definition of turnout for Students

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


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