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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
    Obviously, I’m disappointed at the way things have turned out.
    I’m sure it will all turn out well in the end.
    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
      The tape turned out to contain vital information.
      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 62% of the electorate turned out to vote.
  3. 4
    [transitive] to produce something, especially in large numbers
    The company turns out 2,000 small planes 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
    [transitive] 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. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] to point or to be directed outwards, or to make something do this
    Keep your back straight and turn your toes out.
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  7. 8
    be turned out to be dressed in a particular way
    Their children are always very well turned out.
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