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Meaning & Definition of Turn in English

English

Turn

/tərn/

noun

1. A circular segment of a curve

  • "A bend in the road"
  • "A crook in the path"
    synonym:
  • bend
  • ,
  • crook
  • ,
  • twist
  • ,
  • turn

2. The act of changing or reversing the direction of the course

  • "He took a turn to the right"
    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • turning

3. (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

  • "It is my turn"
  • "It is still my play"
    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • play

4. An unforeseen development

  • "Events suddenly took an awkward turn"
    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • turn of events
  • ,
  • twist

5. A movement in a new direction

  • "The turning of the wind"
    synonym:
  • turning
  • ,
  • turn

6. The act of turning away or in the opposite direction

  • "He made an abrupt turn away from her"
    synonym:
  • turn

7. Turning or twisting around (in place)

  • "With a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
    synonym:
  • twist
  • ,
  • turn

8. A time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)

  • "It's my go"
  • "A spell of work"
    synonym:
  • go
  • ,
  • spell
  • ,
  • tour
  • ,
  • turn

9. (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive

    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • bout
  • ,
  • round

10. A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

  • "He did his act three times every evening"
  • "She had a catchy little routine"
  • "It was one of the best numbers he ever did"
    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • routine
  • ,
  • number
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • bit

11. A favor for someone

  • "He did me a good turn"
    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • good turn

12. Taking a short walk out and back

  • "We took a turn in the park"
    synonym:
  • turn

verb

1. Change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

  • "Turn towards me"
  • "The mugger turned and fled before i could see his face"
  • "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"
    synonym:
  • turn

2. Undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

  • "We turned from socialism to capitalism"
  • "The people turned against the president when he stole the election"
    synonym:
  • change state
  • ,
  • turn

3. Undergo a change or development

  • "The water turned into ice"
  • "Her former friend became her worst enemy"
  • "He turned traitor"
    synonym:
  • become
  • ,
  • turn

4. Cause to move around or rotate

  • "Turn a key"
  • "Turn your palm this way"
    synonym:
  • turn

5. Change to the contrary

  • "The trend was reversed"
  • "The tides turned against him"
  • "Public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a white house intern"
    synonym:
  • change by reversal
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • reverse

6. Pass to the other side of

  • "Turn the corner"
  • "Move around the obstacle"
    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • move around

7. Pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute

  • Become
  • "The weather turned nasty"
  • "She grew angry"
    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • grow

8. Let (something) fall or spill from a container

  • "Turn the flour onto a plate"
    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • release

9. Move around an axis or a center

  • "The wheels are turning"
    synonym:
  • turn

10. Cause to move around a center so as to show another side of

  • "Turn a page of a book"
    synonym:
  • turn
  • ,
  • turn over

11. To send or let go

  • "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
    synonym:
  • turn

12. To break and turn over earth especially with a plow

  • "Farmer jones plowed his east field last week"
  • "Turn the earth in the spring"
    synonym:
  • plow
  • ,
  • plough
  • ,
  • turn

13. Shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel

  • "Turn the legs of the table"
  • "Turn the clay on the wheel"
    synonym:
  • turn

14. Change color

  • "In vermont, the leaves turn early"
    synonym:
  • turn

15. Twist suddenly so as to sprain

  • "Wrench one's ankle"
  • "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"
  • "The hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"
  • "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
    synonym:
  • twist
  • ,
  • sprain
  • ,
  • wrench
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • wrick
  • ,
  • rick

16. Cause to change or turn into something different

  • Assume new characteristics
  • "The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him"
  • "The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold"
    synonym:
  • turn

17. Accomplish by rotating

  • "Turn a somersault"
  • "Turn cartwheels"
    synonym:
  • turn

18. Get by buying and selling

  • "The company turned a good profit after a year"
    synonym:
  • turn

19. Cause to move along an axis or into a new direction

  • "Turn your face to the wall"
  • "Turn the car around"
  • "Turn your dance partner around"
    synonym:
  • turn

20. Channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something

  • "The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction"
  • "People turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium"
    synonym:
  • turn

21. Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

  • "Bend the rod"
  • "Twist the dough into a braid"
  • "The strong man could turn an iron bar"
    synonym:
  • flex
  • ,
  • bend
  • ,
  • deform
  • ,
  • twist
  • ,
  • turn

22. Alter the functioning or setting of

  • "Turn the dial to 10"
  • "Turn the heat down"
    synonym:
  • turn

23. Direct at someone

  • "She turned a smile on me"
  • "They turned their flashlights on the car"
    synonym:
  • turn

24. Have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to

  • "She called on her representative to help her"
  • "She turned to her relatives for help"
    synonym:
  • call on
  • ,
  • turn

25. Go sour or spoil

  • "The milk has soured"
  • "The wine worked"
  • "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
    synonym:
  • sour
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • ferment
  • ,
  • work

26. Become officially one year older

  • "She is turning 50 this year"
    synonym:
  • turn

Examples of using

Put your mind at rest. Everything will turn out all right.
Would you please turn off the TV?
Tonight it's your turn.