Definition of turndown in English:

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turndown

Pronunciation: /ˈtərnˌdoun/

noun

1A rejection or refusal.
Example sentences
  • There have been no turndowns, to my knowledge, by anybody.
  • That turndown has been now upheld by the Supreme Court.
  • It was not exactly a turndown, but they wanted to refer me to a couple of other programs that I was not willing to go into.
2A decline in something; a downturn.
Example sentences
  • It is believed the value of the airline has fallen following a spate of industrial unrest, the foot-and-mouth crisis and a turndown in the US economy.
  • America in recession would alter the global economic picture and risk a worldwide turndown.
  • As it turns out the economy was only in a minor turndown.

adjective

(Of a collar) turned down.
Example sentences
  • You can wear three basic types of shirts with a tuxedo: wing collar, turndown collar and mandarin collar.

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Syllabification: turn·down

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