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

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

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

Of course, an Abrams-Kemp race likely would attract tons of national attention, so a runoff might look more like a national midterm than like a typical low-turnout runoff election. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why Stacey Abrams isn’t conceding yet," 7 Nov. 2018 Cagle’s not wrong that what plays well in a low-turnout GOP primary is different from what wins a general election. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 2018 Whatever the reason, the turnout was surprisingly sparse for the defending Masters champion, who was playing his first round of competition on the PGA Tour since winning the prestigious green jacket earlier this month. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "Patrick Reed enjoys return to golf, normalcy at Zurich Classic," 27 Apr. 2018 That’s a turnout that store manager, Tim Dawson, was grateful to see. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "This updated Kroger may be University of Louisville's biggest fan. It's coated in Cardinals," 25 Apr. 2018 The turnout Sunday wasn't nearly as large as the Houston camp past year. Ben Thomas, AL.com, "What did some of Mobile's top prospects learn from Michael Vick?," 15 Apr. 2018 Student voters from Wayne State University also more than doubled their turnout rates. Rebecca Dancer, Teen Vogue, "Midterm Elections Voter Participation Seriously Increased at These Colleges Across the Country," 7 Nov. 2018 Watch that clip here: Shriver's cousin Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Bobby Kennedy, is also using Instagram to inspire voter turnout during the midterms. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Kennedy Family Is Using Instagram to Get Out the Vote This Election Season," 6 Nov. 2018 Morgan McMullen/Marie Claire Call it the year of the woman or the pink wave—either way, the 2018 midterm elections have garnered far more attention and excitement than the ho-hum, low voter turnout contests of years past. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The 2018 Midterm Elections," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chicken strips turned out to be a little mushy beneath the coating, but an entree of succulent fried shrimp delivered a nice crunch and hearty flavor. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 Others contesters, however, go back and check their childhood books, and find that the name does turn out to be Berenstain. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "This Crazy Conspiracy Theory About "The Berenstein Bears" Will Blow Your Mind," 1 Nov. 2018 To get more of that kind of information, the company has teamed up with consumer genetics giant 23andMe, which could soon turn out to be a commercial competitor. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Company Wants Your Fertility Data," 13 July 2018 Hope in knowing that across the country young voters turned out for the election in historic numbers. Dr. Yashica Robinson, Teen Vogue, "New Abortion Amendments in Alabama and West Virginia Show Need for Reproductive Rights Activism," 9 Nov. 2018 Understandably, members of the public turned out in droves to welcome Meghan and Harry to New Zealand: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with the public at Pukeahu National War Memorial. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's ASOS Maternity Dress Only Costs $56, and Her Plaid Trench Is Perfect for Fall," 28 Oct. 2018 The league's leaders called for the community to support the young players and on Saturday about 100 people turned out for a morning game, where the Salvation Army distributed free water and coffee. Fox News, "Car enters ballfield, killing man who confessed to deadly hit-and-run years earlier, reports say," 2 Oct. 2018 But any system has vulnerabilities, and Infiniti’s software didn’t account for the right-hand turn out of the Aberdeen Habitat for Humanity loading dock. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Just Human Drivers—Machines Have Blind Spots, Too," 21 Sep. 2018 After dropping off in 2014 and 2016, black voters turned out in the highest numbers this decade to help push Doug Jones to victory. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The Mississippi Senate runoff, Dems’ last chance for one more 2018 upset, explained," 20 Nov. 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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