- 1 to be present at an event A vast crowd turned out to watch the procession. related noun turnout
- 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 to point away from the centre Her toes turn out.
- 4 to 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.
to produce somebody/something The factory turns out 900 cars a week. The school has turned out some first-rate students.
to force somebody to leave a place
- 1to switch a light or a source of heat off Remember to turn out the lights when you go to bed.
- 2(British English) to clean something thoroughly by removing the contents and organizing them again to turn out the attic
- 3to empty something, especially your pockets
- 4to make something point away from the centre She turned her toes out.