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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyturn down
he/she/itturns down
present participleturning down
past tenseturned down
past participleturned down
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  1. 1
    to not accept an offer or request
    How could you turn down such a fantastic job?
    I don’t believe it: he turned me down flat!
  2. 2
    to reduce the amount of sound, heat, or light produced by a piece of equipment by pressing a button or moving a switch
    The lights were turned down low.
    Could you turn the music down a little?
  3. 3

    turn down

    or

    turn back

    to fold the edge of something
    The top sheet had been neatly turned down.
    I hate people who turn down the corners of pages in a book.
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