turn·out | \ˈtərn-ˌau̇t \

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

a : strike sense 3a

b : striker sense 1d

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


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 & Antonyms for turnout

Synonyms: Verb

clean, cleanse

Antonyms: Verb

besmirch, dirty, foul, soil, spot, stain, sully

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Examples of turnout in a Sentence


The opening game of the season brought only a small turnout. a 50 percent voter turnout


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

Election day began with seemingly high turnout and long-lines at voting stations. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 Ultimately, Independents will have their say in this low-turnout midterm election. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, "Paleologos on the poll: Ask voters about Trump and get an earful, regardless of party," 21 June 2018 District 5 straddles parts of Miami and Miami Beach, with a heavy concentration of active voters in Little Havana and other enclaves when older Cuban-American voters are considered vital to win in low-turnout elections. Douglas Hanks, miamiherald, "Eileen Higgins wins Miami-Dade commission seat in upset over Zoraida Barreiro," 19 June 2018 Most of the Northeast and Midwest was battered by unseasonable cold and lots of rain during March, April and May, forcing numerous postponements and depressing turnout. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Rob Manfred and MLB's Declining Attendance Issue," 15 June 2018 In low-turnout elections, every vote carries more weight. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Don't write off Tuesday's primary. It will determine winners for these NC races. | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 Farenthold won by 30 points, in a low-turnout midterm election. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voter redistricting: US Supreme Court to hear third key case of term," 23 Apr. 2018 During the February primary — a small turnout election — nearly 100 city voters learned they had been removed from the polls even though they hadn't changed addresses, Barrett said. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thousands of Milwaukee voters have been dropped from rolls, including some erroneously," 21 Mar. 2018 On the Democratic side, Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanadar have both spent early money and time in Detroit, an area deemed essential for heavy turnout for any Democratic candidate running statewide to be successful. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "It's not a normal election year in Michigan — again," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What if this kind of deadly infection turns out to be, well, genetic? Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 From being overly pessimistic, England is now woefully overconfident, which is a surefire path to heartache if things don’t turn out as expected. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England's World Cup run is magical but the fans need to chill out," 7 July 2018 David Leonhardt wrote back in April about experimental work the data firm Civis Analytics did for Priorities USA during the Alabama special election focused on what messages did the best job of motivating African Americans to turn out and vote. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Donald Trump, the resistance, and the limits of normcore politics," 3 July 2018 But for the moment, archaeologists aren’t sure what kind of shape the stones are in—because the stones are turning out to be hard to find. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The lost standing stones of Devon are still hiding from archaeologists," 1 July 2018 Ateeq Rahman, who grew up in the neighborhood and now attends nursing school at Sacramento State, opened the popular new spot in May, turning out gyro and chicken wraps, samosas, halal burgers, and, of course, fruit freezes. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Halal cuisine has blossomed around Sacramento. Here's a rundown of places to check out," 29 June 2018 Newk’s also owns its own bakery, turning out signature six-layer cakes daily. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 His death rocked the Boone County community and thousands turned out for memorial services, candlelight vigils and his funeral. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Authorities charge 2 more men in death of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett," 11 July 2018 Local officials estimated more than 150 people turned out for the 1 p.m. meeting, filling the auditorium and two overflow rooms, to provide feedback on a resolution opposing SB 54. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Sanctuary state battle rages on in Placer County after court ruling upholds law," 10 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of turnout

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

: an area next to a road where vehicles can stop


turn·out | \ˈtərn-ˌau̇t \

Kids Definition of turnout

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

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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