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Definition of turn out phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


turn out

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to be present at an event A vast crowd turned out to watch the procession. related noun turnout
  2. 2(used with an adverb or adjective, or in questions with how) to happen in a particular way; to develop or end in a particular way Despite our worries everything turned out well. You never know how your children will turn out. + adj. If the day turns out wet, we may have to change our plans.
  3. 3to point away from the center Her toes turn out.
  4. 4to be discovered to be; to prove to be turn out that… It turned out that she was a friend of my sister. turn out to be/have something The job turned out to be harder than we thought. The house they had offered us turned out to be a tiny apartment.

turn somebody/somethingout

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to produce someone or something The factory turns out 900 cars a week. The school has turned out some first-rate students.

turn somebody out (of/from something)

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to force someone to leave a place

    turn somethingout

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  1. 1to switch a light or a source of heat off Remember to turn out the lights when you go to bed.
  2. 2to empty something, especially your pockets
  3. 3to make something point away from the center She turned her toes out.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: turn out