turn down

turn down
verb
1. refuse to accept (Freq. 5)
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He refused my offer of hospitality

Syn: ↑refuse, ↑reject, ↑pass up, ↑decline
Ant: ↑accept (for: ↑refuse)
Derivationally related forms: ↑declination (for: ↑decline), ↑turndown, ↑rejection (for: ↑reject), ↑refusal (for: ↑refuse)
Hyponyms: ↑dishonor, ↑dishonour, ↑bounce
Verb Group: ↑reject, ↑spurn, ↑freeze off, ↑scorn, ↑pooh-pooh, ↑disdain
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something from somebody

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They turn down the money

2. reject with contempt
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She spurned his advances

Syn: ↑reject, ↑spurn, ↑freeze off, ↑scorn, ↑pooh-pooh, ↑disdain
Derivationally related forms: ↑turndown, ↑scorner (for: ↑scorn), ↑spurner (for: ↑spurn), ↑rejective (for: ↑reject), ↑reject (for: ↑reject)
Hypernyms: ↑refuse, ↑decline
Hyponyms: ↑rebuff, ↑snub, ↑repel
Verb Group: ↑refuse, ↑reject, ↑pass up, ↑decline, ↑turn away
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

3. refuse entrance or membership
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They turned away hundreds of fans

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Black people were often rejected by country clubs

Syn: ↑reject, ↑turn away, ↑refuse
Ant: ↑admit (for: ↑reject)
Derivationally related forms: ↑refusal (for: ↑refuse), ↑turndown, ↑reject (for: ↑reject)
Verb Group: ↑reject, ↑spurn, ↑freeze off, ↑scorn, ↑pooh-pooh, ↑disdain
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

4. take a downward direction
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The economy finally turned down after a long boom

Hypernyms: ↑worsen, ↑decline
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

5. make lower or quieter
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turn down the volume of a radio

Syn: ↑lower, ↑lour
Derivationally related forms: ↑lowering (for: ↑lower)
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑lessen, ↑minify
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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turn down [phrasal verb]
1 turn down (something) or turn (something) down : to lower the volume, temperature, etc., of something by pressing a button, moving a switch, etc.

Please turn down the heat.

The lights in the restaurant were turned down low.

He turned the volume down on the TV. = He turned down the TV.

Turn the oven down to 325 degrees.

— see also turn 6 (above), 1
2 turn down (something) or turn (something) down : to fold (something) down or back

She turned down the bedsheets.

He turned down the corner of the page.

3 turn down (someone or something) or turn (someone or something) down : to say no to (someone or something) especially in a polite way

She turned the offer down.

They turned down our invitation.

I asked her out , but she turned me down.

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Main Entry:turn

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