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  1. turn
    IPA[tərn]
  2. verb

    • 1. move in a circular direction wholly or partly around an axis or point:

      the big wheel was turning I turned the key in the door and crept in
      Synonym : go around, revolve, rotate, spin, go round and round, go round in circles, roll, circle, wheel, whirl, twirl, gyrate, swivel, spiral, pivot, go around, pass around, sweep around, around, negotiate, take
    • 2. perform (a somersault or cartwheel).

      Synonym : perform, execute, do, carry out
    • 3. twist or sprain (an ankle).

    • 4. move (something) so that it is in a different position in relation to its surroundings or its previous position:

      we waited in suspense for him to turn the cards over
    • 5. change the position of one's body so that one is facing in a different direction:

      Charlie turned and looked at his friend
      Synonym : change direction, turn around, change course, make a U-turn, reverse direction, swing around, wheel around
    • 6. aim, point, or direct (something):

      she turned her head toward me the government has now turned its attention to primary schools
      Synonym : aim at, point at, level at, direct at, train at, focus on
    • 7. change or cause to change direction:

      we turned around and headed back to the house
      Synonym : change direction, turn around, change course, make a U-turn, reverse direction, swing around, wheel around, bend, curve, wind, twist, loop, meander, snake, zigzag
    • 8. (of the tide) change from flood to ebb or vice versa.

    • 9. move (a page) over so that it is flat against the previous or next page:

      she turned a page noisily turn to page five for the answer
    • 10. fold or unfold (fabric or a piece of a garment) in the specified way:

      he turned up the collar of his coat
    • 11. pass around (the flank or defensive lines of an army) so as to attack it from the side or rear.

    • 12. bend back (the edge of a blade) so as to make it blunt:

      thou hast also turned the edge of his sword
    • 13. remake (a garment or a sheet), putting the worn outer side on the inside:

      a sheet that Mrs Dibb wanted turned sides to middle
    • 14. change in nature, state, form, or color; become:

      Emmeline turned pale
      Synonym : become, develop into, prove to be, turn out to be, change into, be transformed into, metamorphose into, become, go, grow, get, come to be, convert, change, transform, make, adapt, modify, rebuild, reconstruct, refashion, remake, make over, restyle
    • 15. cause to change; cause to become:

      potatoes are covered with sacking to keep the light from turning them green
    • 16. send or put into a specified place or condition:

      the dogs were turned loose on the crowd
    • 17. pass the age or time of:

      I've just turned forty
      Synonym : reach (the age of), get to (the age of), become, pass, hit
    • 18. (of leaves) change color in the autumn.

    • 19. (with reference to the stomach) make or become nauseated:

      the smell was bad enough to turn the strongest stomach
    • 20. (with reference to milk) make or become sour:

      the thunder had turned the milk
      Synonym : go/become sour, go off, sour, curdle, become rancid, go bad, spoil, taint
    • 21. start doing or becoming involved with:

      in 1939 he turned to films in earnest
      Synonym : take up, become/get involved with, involve oneself in, begin to participate in, go in for, enter, become interested in, start doing, undertake
    • 22. go on to consider next:

      we can now turn to another aspect of the problem
      Synonym : move on to, go on to, begin to consider, turn one's attention to, attend to, address/apply oneself to, pick up, take up, refer to
    • 23. go to for help, advice, or information:

      who can she turn to?
    • 24. have recourse to (something, especially something dangerous or unhealthy):

      he turned to drink and drugs for solace
    • 25. shape (something) on a lathe:

      the faceplate is turned rather than cast
      Synonym : fashion, make, shape, mold, cast, form
    • 26. give a graceful or elegant form to:

      if I could turn a tune, I even think I should sing
    • 27. make (a profit).

    noun

    • 1. an act of moving something in a circular direction around an axis or point:

      a safety lock requiring four turns of the key
    • 2. a bend or curve in a road, path, river, etc.:

      the twists and turns in the passageways
      Synonym : bend, corner, dogleg, twist, zigzag, hairpin bend
    • 3. one round in a coil of rope or other material.

    • 4. a change of direction when moving:

      they made a left turn and picked up speed
      Synonym : change of direction, change of course, turning, veer, divergence
    • 5. a development or change in circumstances or a course of events:

      life has taken a turn for the better
    • 6. a time when one specified period of time ends and another begins:

      the turn of the century
    • 7. a place where a road meets or branches off another; a turning.

    • 8. a change of the tide from ebb to flow or vice versa.

    • 9. the beginning of the second nine holes of a round of golf:

      he made the turn in one under par
    • 10. an opportunity or obligation to do something that comes successively to each of a number of people:

      it was his turn to speak
    • 11. a short performance, especially one of a number given by different performers in succession:

      a comic turn
    • 12. a performer giving one of a number of short performances.

    • 13. a short walk or ride:

      why don't you take a turn around the garden?
    • 14. a shock:

      you gave us quite a turn!
    • 15. a brief feeling or experience of illness:

      tell me how you feel when you have these funny turns
    • 16. the difference between the buying and selling price of stocks or other financial products.

    • 17. a profit made from the difference between the buying and selling price of stocks or other financial products.

    • 18. a melodic ornament consisting of the principal note with those above and below it.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: turn, plural noun: turns

    • v.: verb: turn, 3rd person present: turns, gerund or present participle: turning, past tense: turned, past participle: turned

    • verb

      move in a circular direction wholly or partly round an axis or point:

      perform (a somersault or cartwheel):

    • noun

      an act of moving something in a circular direction round an axis or point:

      a bend or curve in a road, path, river, etc.:

    • adjective

      (of an ankle) twisted or sprained:

      (of earth) plowed or dug, so as to bring the underparts to the surface:

    • noun

      a place where a road branches off another:

      the action or skill of using a lathe.

    • adjective

      (of an ankle) twisted or sprained:

      (of earth) ploughed or dug, so as to bring the underparts to the surface:

    • noun

      a place where a road branches off from another:

      the action or skill of using a lathe.

    • noun

      a turn carried out while stationary by lifting first one and then the other ski through 180°.

      (in skateboarding) a turn performed with the front wheels lifted off the ground.

    • verb

      perform a kick turn.
    • prove to be the case

      go somewhere in order to do something, especially to attend a meeting, to play a game, or to vote

    • noun

      the turning of a vehicle in a U-shaped course so as to face in the opposite direction:

      a change of plan, especially a reversal of political policy:

    • suddenly attack (someone) physically or verbally

      have as the main topic or point of interest

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