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past tenseturned out
past participleturned out
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  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.

      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

    Only 47 percent of the electorate turned out to vote.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

      The police made them turn out their pockets.

  6. 8
    be turned out to be dressed in a particular way

    Their children are always very well turned out.

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