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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for turnout

Synonyms: Verb

arise, get up, rise, roll out, uprise

Antonyms: Verb

bed (down), retire, turn in

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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

His NextGen Climate super political action committee targeted the 2014 Florida governor’s race, targeting Hispanic voters in South Florida and attempting to drive up Democratic turnout in Charlie Crist's home territory in the Tampa Bay area. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Who is Tom Steyer, and how has the billionaire set up his presidential campaign in Florida?," 9 July 2019 Montreal Old Port Montreal plans to take the cake with a huge turnout for their annual Canada Day celebration. Kate Kelleher, refinery29.com, "These Are The Best Canada Day Fireworks Across The Country," 25 June 2019 Republicans are also reportedly wary that Moore's second shot could potentially boost Democratic turnout. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, "Take two: Embattled Roy Moore launches second campaign for Alabama Senate seat," 20 June 2019 An election in one regional council in southern Israel near the Gaza border was postponed because of the incessant rocket fire and the violence could drive down voter turnout in other locations near Gaza. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Jerusalem picks new mayor in round 2 of municipal elections," 13 Nov. 2018 Pureval had nothing to do with the commissioners' decision, but Republicans are trying to pin it on him in hopes of driving turnout for Chabot. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: I'm not your enemy. Let's hope Trump tones down attacks on media after shooting," 29 June 2018 The campaign, however, also effectively boosted African-American turnout. Caren Bohan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democrats look to energize African-American, moderate white voters," 12 June 2018 Democrats hope that anti-Trump sentiment will help drive turnout this fall, along with policies like free college tuition and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Vauhini Vara, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 9 May 2018 Much of the rationale centered on boosting turnout, though some officials pitched it as a way to cut costs. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Election cost doubles as Anchorage turns to vote by mail," 28 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another Marvel movie, another character who presents themselves as an ally who ends up turning out to be the villain. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "How Spider-Man: Far From Home's Mysterio Stacks Up To The One In The Comics," 5 July 2019 Freecharge has turned out to be among the biggest disappointments, according to Kalagato. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "“Paytm karo” may be a habit for savvy Indians, but PhonePe’s catching up," 5 July 2019 No one has a sunnier disposition than Lizzo—and no one routinely turns out hits with her panache either. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Forget the Song of the Summer; Pick Your Summer 2019 Crush," 5 July 2019 The report of the second fire turned out to be an exposure and firefighters were able to contain it to the exterior of the warehouse, Chandler said. Author: Mike Stunson, Ryan Hermens, Anchorage Daily News, "Jim Beam warehouse holding 40,000 barrels of bourbon destroyed in fire," 3 July 2019 Lake Eufaula, which has been turning out some of the largest bass in the state in recent years, was ranked No. 13. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Lake Guntersville returns to glory in Bassmaster Magazine national rankings," 3 July 2019 Should the problem turn out not to be burnout but simple ennui, there’s no shame in admitting you’re just not feeling your job anymore. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why it’s so dangerous when star employees check out," 2 July 2019 Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett among them—but none as world-crushingly successful as Swift turned out to be. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Taylor Swift’s Oddly Personal Contract Dispute," 2 July 2019 After a wartime hiatus to concentrate on military production, Detroit was retooling its factories to turn out civilian vehicles again. Bart Barnes, The Denver Post, "Lee Iacocca, who rescued Chrysler from bankruptcy in the 1980s, dies at 94," 2 July 2019

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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
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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