Definition of Turn down

1. Verb. Refuse to accept. "They turn down the money "; "He refused my offer of hospitality"

Exact synonyms: Decline, Pass Up, Refuse, Reject
Related verbs: Disdain, Freeze Off, Pooh-pooh, Reject, Scorn, Spurn
Specialized synonyms: Dishonor, Dishonour, Bounce
Derivative terms: Declination, Refusal, Rejection, Turndown
Antonyms: Accept

2. Verb. Refuse entrance or membership. "Black people were often rejected by country clubs"
Exact synonyms: Refuse, Reject, Turn Away
Related verbs: Disdain, Freeze Off, Pooh-pooh, Reject, Scorn, Spurn
Derivative terms: Refusal, Reject, Turndown
Antonyms: Admit

3. Verb. Reject with contempt. "She spurned his advances"
Exact synonyms: Disdain, Freeze Off, Pooh-pooh, Reject, Scorn, Spurn
Generic synonyms: Decline, Refuse
Specialized synonyms: Rebuff, Repel, Snub
Related verbs: Decline, Pass Up, Refuse, Reject, Refuse, Reject, Turn Away
Derivative terms: Reject, Rejective, Scorner, Spurner, Turndown

4. Verb. Take a downward direction. "The economy finally turned down after a long boom"
Generic synonyms: Decline, Worsen

5. Verb. Make lower or quieter. "Turn down the volume of a radio"
Exact synonyms: Lour, Lower
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Lessen, Minify
Derivative terms: Lowering

Definition of Turn down

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To refuse, decline, or deny. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To reduce the amount of something by means of a control, such as the volume, heat, or light. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic) To reposition by turning, flipping, etc. in a downward direction. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turn Down

turn a nice dime
turn a nice dollar
turn a nice penny
turn a phrase
turn a profit
turn about
turn against
turn and bank indicator
turn around
turn arounds
turn away
turn back
turn back the clock
turn down (current term)
turn down ratio
turn flukes
turn heads
turn in
turn in one's grave
turn indicator
turn inside-out
turn into
turn into a pumpkin
turn loose
turn of events
turn of logs
turn of phrase
turn of the century

Literary usage of Turn down

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Some Letters of William Vaughn Moody by William Vaughn Moody (1913)
"The best I can do is to hump my back, turn down my hat brim, and stoically count the number of streams running down my back, until the damned drizzle ..."

2. Revised Record of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York by New York (State). Constitutional Convention (1916)
"... and so that the Legislature will not award counsel for one particular public litigant and turn down another. Last year there were more of them ..."

3. A New Malagasy-English Dictionary by James Richardson (1885)
"To fold up, to turn down, to wrap. FO KOFO'BO, ». Poverty, indigence, need, want. ... turn down ..."

4. On the Headwaters of Peace River: A Narrative of a Thousand-mile Canoe Trip by Paul Leland Haworth (1917)
"... CHAPTER XV WE turn down TO THE LONG CANYON THE hope that we had at last reached a good game country was destined to disillusionment. ..."

5. Official Proceedings by International Acetylene Association (1908)
"The Chairman: Mr. Brock will now read his paper on "Advantages of Turn-Down Burners." Advantages of the "turn down" Burner. John M. Brock. ..."

6. A German and English Dictionary by Karl. Breul (1906)
"... te diphthong is modified. fragen, m. turn-down collar. It, va (intep. ... to turn down (an edge) ; to to re-lay (a floor) ; to repair ..."

7. Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement by Alva Agee (1913)
"When to turn Down. — When the maximum benefit is desired for the soil from a crop of clover, the first growth should not be plowed down. ..."

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