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TURN DOWN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does turn down mean? 

TURN DOWN (verb)
  The verb TURN DOWN has 5 senses:

1. refuse to accept
2. refuse entrance or membership
3. reject with contempt
4. take a downward direction
5. make lower or quieter

  Familiarity information: TURN DOWN used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TURN DOWN (verb)


Sense 1turn down [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refuse to accept

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

turn down; pass up; refuse; reject; decline

Context example:

He refused my offer of hospitality

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "turn down"):

dishonor; dishonour (refuse to accept)

bounce (refuse to accept and send back)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Sentence example:

They turn down the money


Sense 2turn down [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Refuse entrance or membership

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

turn down; turn away; refuse; reject

Context examples:

They turned away hundreds of fans / Black people were often rejected by country clubs

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3turn down [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reject with contempt

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

freeze off; spurn; disdain; pooh-pooh; scorn; turn down; reject

Context example:

She spurned his advances

Hypernyms (to "turn down" is one way to...):

decline; refuse (show unwillingness towards)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "turn down"):

rebuff; repel; snub (reject outright and bluntly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4turn down [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take a downward direction

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The economy finally turned down after a long boom

Hypernyms (to "turn down" is one way to...):

decline; worsen (grow worse)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5turn down [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make lower or quieter

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

lour; lower; turn down

Context example:

turn down the volume of a radio

Hypernyms (to "turn down" is one way to...):

decrease; lessen; minify (make smaller)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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