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 & Antonyms for turnout

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 Last weekend saw tear gas fired inside a subway station and a woman allegedly hit in the face with a beanbag round, outraging protesters and driving turnout at the airport just as things appeared to be calming down somewhat. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong protesters attempt to restore peace after airport violence," 18 Aug. 2019 This is an important finding given that the progressive wing’s energy drives turnout. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, "Paleologos on the Poll: Is the Democratic field hardening like cement?," 1 Aug. 2019 By comparison, Pugh topped 48,000 votes in the 2016 mayoral primary — which was also a presidential election year, which typically have higher turnout than midterm years. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "These potential Baltimore mayoral candidates are sizing up their chances behind the scenes," 26 July 2019 In fact, in 2012, black women had the highest turnout of all voting groups, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey Voting and Registration Supplement. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Black Women Voters Will Be Central to the 2020 Presidential Election, Experts Predict," 20 June 2019 We are told that requiring voters to present photo identification at polling places not only depresses minority turnout but is tantamount to racial discrimination. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Data Disprove the ‘Voter Suppression’ Myth," 7 May 2019 Father’s Day fell on Sunday, which had the lowest daily turnout at 390, according to elections board figures. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford voters still have lots at stake in Tuesday's primary election," 25 June 2018 But, if turnout is high across more secular communities, and among Arab voters, then that could be in Gantz's favor. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "Israelis return to polls to decide Netanyahu's fate," 17 Sep. 2019 Special elections generally attract such low turnout that their results aren't predictive of future general elections. Author: Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP holds NC House seat but shows weakness in suburbs," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remove from oven and let bread cool in pan 5 to 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Make a date with this Earl Grey-infused quick bread," 7 Nov. 2019 It was sold to me one way and didn’t turn out to be that way. Ashley Mcbride, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s biggest school districts are eyeing the charters next door," 2 Nov. 2019 Newton ran for 76 yards on 10 carries and threw two TD passes in the Panthers' 24-17 victory in the second game of what turned out to be an NFL MVP season for the Carolina QB. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Bo Jackson prominent in top 100 runs in NFL history," 1 Nov. 2019 Recently, a fossil finger bone found eroding out of the dry sediments of the Saudi Arabian desert turned out to be from a human who lived there around 87,000 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "No, a genetic study didn’t pinpoint the ancestral homeland of all humans," 1 Nov. 2019 The Kardashian-West portrait didn't turn out so bad in the end. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Photoshopped Her 1-Year-Old Daughter into the Family Halloween Portrait," 1 Nov. 2019 But my interpreter, who's from this area, turned out to be the best interview of the trip. National Geographic, "Can elephants sway an election?," 24 Oct. 2019 To this end, besides the bread-and-butter business of turning out planks and plywood, the firm has come up with several new ideas. The Economist, "How to make use of all of a tree," 17 Oct. 2019 Shugo Imahira birdied his last hole on Friday, and that turned out to be the winner when the final two rounds of the Bridgestone Open were canceled because of Typhoon Hagibis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Griffin makes all the right putts to win Houston Open," 13 Oct. 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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The first known use of turnout was in 1546

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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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