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 White said he was heartened by the turnout in his hometown. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "'What is it going to take to get people to listen?': George Floyd protests continue in Minneapolis, nationwide," 30 May 2020 Such events could serve to depress or discourage turnout in pockets of the country that reliably vote for Democrats. Reid J. Epstein, New York Times, "Trump Sows Doubt on Voting. It Keeps Some People Up at Night.," 24 May 2020 The divide was most apparent in Milwaukee, where the average turnout in African-American and Hispanic wards was 30% lower than wards with a higher percentage of white residents. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump campaign's merchandising booms during pause in rallies," 14 May 2020 Pyers later clarified that if the turnout in the special election matched that of the November 2018 general election, Smith would only need 57 percent of remaining ballots. Fox News, "House GOP campaign arm calls on Dem to concede California election, as results won't be final for days," 13 May 2020 Indiana has been in the bottom 10 states for voter turnout in four of the past five elections. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "How a non-partisan group wants to boost voter turnout by registering 750K new voters," 6 May 2020 Tap Pilam otherwise has been working on getting people to answer the 2020 Census, to register to vote and increase turnout in elections. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: Tap Pilam addressing pandemic while continuing its battle at the Alamo," 28 Apr. 2020 The group is also working on carrying out digital action in light of the coronavirus pandemic to encourage voter turnout in November. NBC News, "For some AAPIs, ties to Asia Pacific region strengthen resolve to fight climate change," 22 Apr. 2020 In Wisconsin’s spring 2016 elections, there were competitive Republican and Democratic presidential primaries, and the performance of supreme court candidates down-ballot corresponded almost perfectly with the turnout in the presidential primaries. John Mccormack, National Review, "Was a Liberal Victory in a Wisconsin Supreme Court Race a ‘Stunning Upset’?," 14 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Officials had hoped the event could be rescheduled to a fall weekend, however that turned out to be impossible. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Ironman Triathlon in The Woodlands officially canceled for 2020," 21 May 2020 Seymour estimated that about 100 cars turned out for the event, donating 150 to 200 food items to the Germantown Food Pantry. Alec Johnson, jsonline.com, "'Anything we could do to help': High school seniors are leading food drives and making masks," 19 May 2020 Although not a time usually associated with the best landscape photography, the midday photograph turned out to be my favorite and one of my most popular images. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Enjoy National Park Week with these 7 Incredible Photos," 23 Apr. 2020 Even then, one of the drugs authorized for use on H1N1 turned out to be ineffective. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Former FDA leaders decry emergency authorization of malaria drugs for coronavirus," 7 Apr. 2020 In addition to their classic BASIS fronts (which come in veneer, linoleum, and painted finishes, all outfitted with signature milled-in handles), this Danish retailer turns out eye-catching options for those unafraid of a little drama. House Beautiful, "The Best Custom Fronts for Ikea Cabinets," 8 May 2020 Any one of those scenarios might turn out to be true. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals have until Monday morning to pick up or decline Haason Reddick's 5th-year option," 30 Apr. 2020 Had they, things might have turned out differently. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Massive downtown mural resurfaces from beneath ads that covered it for years," 23 Apr. 2020 But despite Dlomo's apprehension and Oprah's teasing, her hair turned out adorable — and Graham may have a new passion for hairstyling. Marci Robin, Allure, "Oprah's Partner Stedman Graham Created a Mini Barbershop During Quarantine," 22 Apr. 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 2 Jun. 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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