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turn

turn - Dictionary definition and meaning for word turn

Definition
(noun) a circular segment of a curve
Synonyms : bend , crook , twist
Example Sentence
  • a bend in the road
  • a crook in the path

Definition
(noun) the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
Synonyms : turning
Example Sentence
  • he took a turn to the right

Definition
(noun) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
Synonyms : play
Example Sentence
  • it is my turn
  • it is still my play

Definition
(noun) an unforeseen development
Synonyms : turn of events , twist
Example Sentence
  • events suddenly took an awkward turn

Definition
(noun) a movement in a new direction
Synonyms : turning
Example Sentence
  • the turning of the wind

Definition
(noun) the act of turning away or in the opposite direction
Example Sentence
  • he made an abrupt turn away from her

Definition
(noun) turning or twisting around (in place)
Synonyms : twist
Example Sentence
  • with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room

Definition
(noun) a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
Synonyms : go , spell , tour
Example Sentence
  • it's my go
  • a spell of work

Definition
(noun) (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
Synonyms : bout , round

Definition
(noun) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
Synonyms : act , bit , number , routine
Example Sentence
  • he did his act three times every evening
  • she had a catchy little routine
  • it was one of the best numbers he ever did

Definition
(noun) a favor for someone
Synonyms : good turn
Example Sentence
  • he did me a good turn

Definition
(noun) taking a short walk out and back
Example Sentence
  • we took a turn in the park

Definition
(verb) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
Synonyms : change state
Example Sentence
  • We turned from Socialism to Capitalism
  • The people turned against the President when he stole the election

Definition
(verb) undergo a change or development
Synonyms : become
Example Sentence
  • The water turned into ice
  • Her former friend became her worst enemy
  • He turned traitor

Definition
(verb) cause to move around or rotate
Example Sentence
  • turn a key
  • turn your palm this way

Definition
(verb) change to the contrary
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) pass to the other side of
Synonyms : move around
Example Sentence
  • turn the corner
  • move around the obstacle

Definition
(verb) pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
Synonyms : grow
Example Sentence
  • The weather turned nasty
  • She grew angry

Definition
(verb) let (something) fall or spill from a container
Synonyms : release
Example Sentence
  • turn the flour onto a plate

Definition
(verb) move around an axis or a center
Example Sentence
  • The wheels are turning

Definition
(verb) cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
Synonyms : turn over
Example Sentence
  • turn a page of a book

Definition
(verb) to send or let go
Example Sentence
  • They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion

Definition
(verb) to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
Synonyms : plough , plow
Example Sentence
  • Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week
  • turn the earth in the Spring

Definition
(verb) shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
Example Sentence
  • turn the legs of the table
  • turn the clay on the wheel

Definition
(verb) change color
Example Sentence
  • In Vermont, the leaves turn early

Definition
(verb) twist suddenly so as to sprain
Synonyms : rick , sprain , twist , wrench , wrick
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics
Example Sentence
  • The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him
  • The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold

Definition
(verb) accomplish by rotating
Example Sentence
  • turn a somersault
  • turn cartwheels

Definition
(verb) get by buying and selling
Example Sentence
  • the company turned a good profit after a year

Definition
(verb) cause to move along an axis or into a new direction
Example Sentence
  • turn your face to the wall
  • turn the car around
  • turn your dance partner around

Definition
(verb) channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something
Example Sentence
  • The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction
  • people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium

Definition
(verb) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
Synonyms : bend , deform , flex , twist
Example Sentence
  • bend the rod
  • twist the dough into a braid
  • the strong man could turn an iron bar

Definition
(verb) alter the functioning or setting of
Example Sentence
  • turn the dial to 10
  • turn the heat down

Definition
(verb) direct at someone
Example Sentence
  • She turned a smile on me
  • They turned their flashlights on the car

Definition
(verb) have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
Synonyms : call on
Example Sentence
  • She called on her Representative to help her
  • She turned to her relatives for help

Definition
(verb) go sour or spoil
Synonyms : ferment , sour , work
Example Sentence
  • The milk has soured
  • The wine worked
  • The cream has turned--we have to throw it out

Definition
(verb) become officially one year older
Example Sentence
  • She is turning 50 this year

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