turn down

To turn down is to reduce something, like the way you turn down your music after your mom asks half a dozen times, or to refuse something, like the way you turn down an invitation to a party you don't want to attend.

The phrase Turn down can be used in a variety of ways. You can turn down your own enthusiasm or the air conditioning blasting in your car — anything you want to decrease. And when someone makes an offer you have to refuse, you can also turn that down: "I'm sorry to turn down this opportunity to dress as an elf in the Christmas parade, but my pointy shoes are at the cleaners."

Definitions of turn down
  1. verb
    take a downward direction
    “The economy finally turned down after a long boom”
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    type of:
    decline, worsen
    grow worse
  2. verb
    make lower or quieter
    turn down the volume of a radio”
    synonyms: lour, lower
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    type of:
    decrease, lessen, minify
    make smaller
  3. verb
    refuse to accept
    synonyms: decline, pass up, refuse, reject
    disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn
    reject with contempt
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    Antonyms:
    accept, have, take
    receive willingly something given or offered
    have, receive
    get something; come into possession of
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    types:
    dishonor, dishonour
    refuse to accept
    bounce
    refuse to accept and send back
  4. verb
    refuse entrance or membership
    synonyms: refuse, reject, turn away
    disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn
    reject with contempt
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    Antonyms:
    admit, allow in, intromit, let in
    allow to enter; grant entry to
    admit
    serve as a means of entrance
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  5. verb
    reject with contempt
    synonyms: disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn
    decline, pass up, refuse, reject
    refuse to accept
    refuse, reject, turn away
    refuse entrance or membership
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    types:
    rebuff, repel, snub
    reject outright and bluntly
    type of:
    balk, decline, refuse
    show unwillingness towards
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