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Definition of 'turn'

Noun

  1. a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"
       Synonyms: bend crook twist
  2. the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right"
       Synonyms: turning
  3. (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
       Synonyms: play
  4. an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
       Synonyms: turn of events twist
  5. a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind"
       Synonyms: turning
  6. the act of turning away or in the opposite direction; "he made an abrupt turn away from her"
  7. turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
       Synonyms: twist
  8. a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work"
       Synonyms: go spell tour
  9. (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: act routine number bit
  11. a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn"
       Synonyms: good turn
  12. taking a short walk out and back; "we took a turn in the park"

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"
  2. undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor"
       Synonyms: become
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: change state
  4. cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key"; "turn your palm this way"
  5. pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry"
       Synonyms: grow
  6. to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
  7. pass to the other side of; "turn the corner"; "move around the obstacle"
       Synonyms: move around
  8. move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning"
  9. cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book"
       Synonyms: turn over
  10. 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"
       Synonyms: change by reversal reverse
  11. to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring"
       Synonyms: plow plough
  12. change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
  13. 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"
  14. let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate"
       Synonyms: release
  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"
       Synonyms: twist sprain wrench wrick rick
  16. shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"
  17. go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
       Synonyms: sour ferment work
  18. accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels"
  19. get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year"
  20. 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"
  21. 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"
  22. 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"
       Synonyms: flex bend deform twist
       Antonyms: unbend
  23. alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down"
  24. direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car"
  25. 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"
       Synonyms: call on
  26. become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year"


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