Definition of Turn out

1. Verb. Be shown or be found to be. "She turned up HIV positive"

Exact synonyms: Prove, Turn Up
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Ensue, Result

2. Verb. Prove to be in the result or end. "It turns out that he was right"

3. Verb. Produce quickly or regularly, usually with machinery. "This factory turns out saws"
Generic synonyms: Create, Make, Produce
Derivative terms: Turnout

4. Verb. Result or end. "How will the game turn out?"
Exact synonyms: Come Out
Generic synonyms: Cease, End, Finish, Stop, Terminate
Specialized synonyms: Eventuate, Work Out

5. Verb. Come, usually in answer to an invitation or summons. "How many people turned out that evening?"
Generic synonyms: Appear

6. Verb. Bring forth,. "The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers"
Exact synonyms: Bear
Specialized synonyms: Spin Off, Seed, Crop, Overbear, Fruit
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Also: Bear Out

7. Verb. Put out or expel from a place. "The unruly student was excluded from the game"
Exact synonyms: Boot Out, Chuck Out, Eject, Exclude, Turf Out
Specialized synonyms: Evict, Force Out, Evict, Show The Door, Bounce, Exorcise, Exorcize
Generic synonyms: Expel, Kick Out, Throw Out
Derivative terms: Ejection, Ejector, Exclusion

8. Verb. Come and gather for a public event. "Hundreds of thousands turned out for the anti-war rally in New York"
Generic synonyms: Assemble, Foregather, Forgather, Gather, Meet
Derivative terms: Turnout, Turnout

9. Verb. Outfit or equip, as with accessories. "The actors were turned out lavishly"
Generic synonyms: Equip, Fit, Fit Out, Outfit
Derivative terms: Turnout

10. Verb. Turn outward. "Ballet dancers can rotate their legs out by 90 degrees"
Exact synonyms: Rotate, Splay, Spread Out
Generic synonyms: Turn
Derivative terms: Turnout

11. Verb. Cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch. "Turn out the lights"
Exact synonyms: Cut, Switch Off, Turn Off
Specialized synonyms: Kill
Generic synonyms: Flip, Switch, Throw
Antonyms: Switch On

12. Verb. Get up and out of bed. "Sam and Sue turn out"; "He uprose at night"
Exact synonyms: Arise, Get Up, Rise, Uprise
Antonyms: Go To Bed, Turn In
Derivative terms: Rise, Riser

Definition of Turn out

1. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) To result; end up. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) To attend; show up. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To extinguish a light or other device ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive idiomatic) To become apparent or known, especially ''(as) it turns out'' ¹

5. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To produce; make. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To leave a road. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To remove from a mould, bowl etc. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To refuse service or shelter; to eject or evict. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turn Out

turn loose
turn of events
turn of logs
turn of phrase
turn of the century
turn of the year
turn off
turn on a dime
turn on its head
turn on one's heel
turn one's back
turn one's nose up
turn one's stomach
turn out (current term)
turn over
turn over a new leaf
turn round
turn signal
turn someone's crank
turn someone's head
turn tail
turn the air blue
turn the corner
turn the frown upside down
turn the other cheek
turn the page
turn the table
turn the tables

Literary usage of Turn out

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

1. The Republic of Plato by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (1881)
"Yes, I replied, if passion, which has already been shown to be different from desire, turn out also to be different from reason. But that is easily proved ..."

2. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1860)
"turn out tho Hide screws, and romove the Trigger and Bolt. 7th. ... turn out the srn-w and remove the Trigger.. Hth. turn out the Tumbler ..."

3. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"It was a fortunate circumstance that Captain Phillips was along with his "turn out," as he calls a top-buggy that Captain Cook brought here in ..."

4. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (1883)
"Come ! turn out!' And then he left. I could not understand this extraordinary procedure; BO I presently gave up trying to, and dozed off to sleep. ..."

5. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"To speak and at the same time listen to yourself cannot turn out well. If to talk to oneself when alone is folly, it must be doubly unwise to listen to ..."

6. A History of Illinois, from Its Commencement as a State in 1818 to 1847 by Thomas Ford, James Shields (1854)
"... and reason for such an order—His proceedings under it—The militia refuse to turn out—Inefficiency of well-disposed moderate men in such times—A few bold ..."

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