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turn out

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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyturn out
he/she/itturns out
present participleturning out
past tenseturned out
past participleturned out
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to develop in a particular way, or to have a particular result

    I'm sure it will turn out all right in the end.

    Obviously, I'm disappointed at the way things have turned out.

    as it turned out:

    As it turned out, the storm missed Puerto Rico.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be discovered to be something, have something, etc.

      It all turned out to be a mistake.

      The tape turned out to contain vital information.

      it turns out (that):

      It turns out that I was right all along.

  2. 3
    [intransitive] to go somewhere in order to be present at an event or take part in an activity

    Thousands of screaming fans turned out to welcome the champions home.

    Only 47 percent of the electorate turned out to vote.

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  3. 4
    [transitive] to produce something, especially in large numbers

    The company turns out 2,000 small airplanes a year.

  4. 5
    [transitive] to force someone to leave a place, especially their home

    Our landlord turned us out on the street.

    turn someone out of something:

    If they don't pay, they could be turned out of the house.

  5. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to point or to be directed outward, or to make something do this

    Keep your back straight and turn your toes out.

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  6. 7
    [transitive] mainly British to remove something from a container by turning it upside down

    Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool.

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    1. a.
      British to remove everything from your pockets or a bag

      The police made them turn out their pockets.

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  7. 8
    be turned out to be dressed in a particular way

    Their children are always very well turned out.

See also main entry: turn


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