Definition of turn something down in English:

turn something down

phrasal verb

  • 1Reject something offered or proposed.

    ‘his novel was turned down by publisher after publisher’
    • ‘The offer was turned down by the United boss and has been taken off the table.’
    • ‘Both players were offered modest proposals and turned them down.’
    • ‘Chris and Phil turned his kind offer down.’
    • ‘Moyes turned the job down, just as he has rejected other offers from the Premiership.’
    • ‘Again in 1862 he was offered a post at the Polytechnic in Brunswick but turned it down despite the offer coming from his wife's home town, as he did the offer from Vienna four years later.’
    • ‘‘I think this was a fair compromise in the situation, but the department turned this proposal down as well,’ she said.’
    • ‘Sheffield Council says the Government has not turned its plans down.’
    • ‘She was asked by her Physical Education instructor to try out for netball but she had to turn the offer down.’
    • ‘He knew it would be offered again when he turned it down.’
    • ‘We recommend that the proposals are turned down.’
  • 2Adjust a control on an electrical device to reduce the volume, heat, etc.

    ‘she turned the sound down’
    • ‘I sighed, turned the volume down, and returned to my drawing board where I was working on the umpteenth attempt to get my feelings for snowdrops down on paper.’
    • ‘At eight o'clock, I woke her and turned the heat down and the lights off and locked the trailer.’
    • ‘I thought I could hear an echo, so I turned the volume down.’
    • ‘They told her how much they look forward to having a decadent TV meal on a tray in front of the screen, turning the volume down and just admiring the Scottish scenery for an hour!’
    • ‘You can control what you hear, just simply find the spot in you where you can control the volume and turn it down.’
    • ‘An understandably muted crowd turned the volume knob down another notch or two.’
    • ‘When it is boiling furiously, turn the heat right down, add the slices of fish and cook them very, very gently for five to eight minutes, depending on the thickness of the turbot.’
    • ‘I turned the heat down in my apartment a few days ago, and since then I've made efforts to bring it back up, but it's still not quite kicking in.’
    • ‘Cover the skillet, turn the heat right down, set the timer for 10 minutes and leave to sizzle.’
    • ‘Even television commentators turned the volume down on jingoism after years of grinding the pride and the patience of other national fans within the British Isles.’
    reduce, lower, decrease, lessen
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