- to convert.
- to pervert.
- to retrace one's footsteps; turn around to return.
- to cause to go no further or to return, as by not welcoming; send away.
- to fold (a blanket, sheet of paper, etc.) on itself: Turn back the page to keep the place.
- to turn over; fold down.
- to lower in intensity; lessen.
- to refuse or reject (a person, request, etc.): The Marine Corps turned him down.
- to reverse position in order to flee or retreat: Those cowards turned heel and ran away!
- Professional Wrestling. to adopt a villainous heel role: It’s not unusual for a wrestler’s popularity to soar when he turns heel.
- to hand in; submit: to turn in a resignation.
- to inform on or deliver up: She promptly turned him in to the police.
- to turn from one path or course into another; veer.
- Informal. to go to bed; retire: I never turn in before eleven o'clock.
- to drive a vehicle or to walk into (a street, store, etc.): We turned into the dead-end street.He turned into the saloon at the corner.
- to be changed, transformed, or converted into: He has turned into a very pleasant fellow.The caterpillar turned into a butterfly.
- to stop the flow of (water, gas, etc.), as by closing a faucet or valve.
- to switch off (a light).
- to stop the operation of (a machine, device, etc.): Don’t forget to turn off the oven.Turn off your phones during the exam.
- to divert; deflect.
- to diverge or branch off, as a side road from a main road.
- to drive a vehicle or walk onto (a side road) from a main road: You turn off at 96th Street. Turn off the highway on the dirt road.
- Slang. to stop listening: You could see him turn off as the speaker droned on.
- Slang. to disaffect, alienate, or disgust.
- Chiefly British. to discharge an employee.
- to cause (water, gas, etc.) to flow, as by opening a valve.
- to switch on (a light).
- to put (a machine, device, etc.) into operation; activate: Roll down the windows and turn on the radio.
- to start suddenly to affect or show:She turned on the charm and won him over.
- Slang. to induce (a person) to start taking a narcotic drug.
- Slang. to take a narcotic drug.
- Slang. to arouse or excite the interest of; engage: the first lecture that really turned me on.
- Slang. to arouse sexually.
- Also turn upon. to become suddenly hostile to: The dog turned on its owner.
- to extinguish (a light).
- to produce as the result of labor: She turned out four tapestries a year.
- to drive out; dismiss; discharge: a premier turned out of office.
- to fit out; dress; equip.
- to result; issue.
- to come to be; become ultimately.
- to be found or known; prove.
- to be present at; appear.
- Informal. to get out of bed.
- Nautical. to order (a seaman or seamen) from quarters for duty.
- to cause to turn outward, as the toes.
- to move or be moved from one side to another.
- to put in reverse position; invert.
- to consider; meditate; ponder.
- to transfer; give.
- to start (an engine): He turned over the car motor.
- (of an engine) to start: The motor turned over without any trouble.
- Commerce. to purchase and then sell (goods or commodities).
- Commerce. to do business or sell goods to the amount of (a specified sum).
- Commerce. to invest or recover (capital) in some transaction or in the course of business.
- to apply to for aid; appeal to: When he was starting out as an artist he turned to his friends for loans.
- to begin to attend to or work at something: After the storm we turned to and cleaned up the debris.
- to change to: The ice turned to water.
- to fold (material, a hem, cuffs, etc.) up or over in order to alter a garment.
- to bring to the surface by digging: to turn up a shovelful of earth.
- to uncover; find.
- to intensify or increase.
- to happen; occur: Let's wait and see what turns up.
- to appear; arrive: She turned up at the last moment.
- to be recovered: I'm sure your watch will turn up eventually.
- to come to notice; be seen.
Idioms about turn
- not in the correct succession; out of proper order.
- at an unsuitable time; imprudently; indiscreetly: He spoke out of turn and destroyed the cordial atmosphere of the meeting.
Origin of turn
synonym study for turn
88. Turn, cast, twist are colloquial in use and imply a bent, inclination, or habit. Turn means a tendency or inclination for something: a turn for art. Cast means an established habit of thought, manner, or style: a melancholy cast. Twist means a bias: a strange twist of thought.
OTHER WORDS FROM turnturn·a·ble, adjectivehalf-turned, adjectiveun·turn·a·ble, adjectiveun·turned, adjective
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MORE ABOUT TURN
What is a basic definition of turn?
Turn is a verb that means to rotate. Turn can also mean to change or transform. A turn is a chance to act as part of a rotation or round. The word turn has many other senses as a verb and a noun. Turn is also used in a large number of idioms.
Turn means to cause something to rotate or face a different direction. If you turn a steering wheel, for example, you are making it rotate clockwise (to the right) or counterclockwise (to the left). Turn also means to change direction or rotate. If you are walking north up a street and turn south, for example, you start walking south instead of north.
- Real-life examples: You turn a bottle of ketchup upside down to get ketchup to come out. You might turn a dial to start a washing machine. If you’re walking west, you need to turn in the opposite direction to walk east.
- Used in a sentence: I turned the sunflower so that it was facing the sun.
Turn can also mean to change or transform. Often, this sense of turn is followed by into or to if something is described as changing from one thing into another.
- Real-life examples: As they age, children turn into adults. Fire can cause wood to turn to ash. You probably shouldn’t eat meat that has turned rotten.
- Used in a sentence: I left after the friendly cat turned mean.
A turn is an opportunity to act. Specifically, a turn is a person’s or thing’s reserved time when they get to do something as part of a lineup or round. For example, if children take turns petting a dog, each child waits while the children before them in line pet the dog. Then, they will pet the dog for a bit. When their turn is over, the next child in line will pet the dog. Many games divide up players’ actions into turns as part of the rules.
- Real-life examples: In chess, players take turns moving pieces. A parent may make their children take turns using a swing. It might be your turn to take out the garbage this week.
- Used in a sentence: I’ll make sure every kid has a turn to ride the pony.
Where does turn come from?
The first records of turn come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Latin tornāre, meaning “to turn in a lathe” or “to round off.” A lathe is a machine that holds a piece of wood or other material and rotates it around a tool that shapes it. The Latin tornāre comes from the Greek tórnos, meaning a “tool for making circles.”
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What are some other forms related to turn?
- turnable (adjective)
- half-turned (adjective)
- unturnable (adjective)
- unturned (adjective)
What are some synonyms for turn?
What are some words that share a root or word element with turn?
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How is turn used in real life?
Turn is a very common word that means to change direction, to transform, or refers to a person’s chance to act.
A strange quirk about me… when I lock a door I always have to turn the handle to make sure it's in fact locked. What are your quirks?
— B101FM (@B101FMBARRIE) April 22, 2013
I told my kid what we’re having for dinner, and she replied, “Man, I just can’t win today.” She turned into a 47-year-old guy with a mortgage and lower back pain right before my eyes.
— Carmely Sandiego (@orangecrushable) February 8, 2021
Even the most protective masks don't eliminate risk of Covid infection. In addition to masking up, we still have to keep our distance, wash our hands, and get vaccinated when it's our turn.
— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden) February 5, 2021
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How to use turn in a sentence
That led to more business complexity, which in turn led to more rules and process.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
This approach would help you to keep your audience engaged with works, which, in turn, might help you gain some new audience and clients.How businesses can use YouTube to tackle the COVID-19 business crisis|Catherrine Garcia|September 7, 2020|Search Engine Watch
American presidential politics took a significant turn from historical norms last weekend when the Republican National Committee declined to present a party platform, veering instead toward current norms in Russia and China.The Republican Party turns its platform into a person: Donald Trump|Geoffrey Colvin|August 25, 2020|Fortune
In turn, many avoid accessing healthcare and other necessary services.Want to end HIV? Actions speak louder than sound bites|Cecilia Chung, Ronald Johnson, Naina Khanna and Sean Strub|August 22, 2020|Washington Blade
McGilbert says her store experienced many delays and lost packages, which in turn led to major customer service headaches.Slowed mail delivery is the last thing indie bookstores need right now|Rachel King|August 19, 2020|Fortune
So far, all the players seemed to be willing to wait their turn.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Third parties in turn quibbled with his accounts, and he was irritated, but not overly so.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
An ace comedic turn that, in lesser hands, would come off as one-note.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Who do you turn to now when you have a decision to make, when you have one less person to provide validation or advice?
In other words, Florida clerks were no longer allowed to turn gay couples away.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Turn away from sin and order thy hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all offence.
He shall give his mind to turn up furrows, and his care is to give the kine fodder.
Turn not away thy face from thy neighbour, and of taking away a portion and not restoring.
Turn we our backs to the cold gloomy north, to the wet windy west, to the dry parching east—on to the south!
Acetone is derived from decomposition of diacetic acid, and this in turn from beta-oxybutyric acid by oxidation.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for turn
- British the difference between a market maker's bid and offer prices, representing the market maker's profit
- a transaction including both a purchase and a sale
- at the point of change
- about to go rancid
- not in the correct or agreed order of succession
- improperly, inappropriately, or inopportunely
Derived forms of turnturnable, adjective
Word Origin for turn
Other Idioms and Phrases with turn
In addition to the idioms beginning with turn
- turn a blind eye to
- turn a deaf ear
- turn against
- turn a hair, not
- turn around
- turn around one's finger
- turn a trick
- turn away
- turn back
- turn down
- turn for the better
- turn in
- turn in one's grave
- turn off
- turn of phrase
- turn of the century
- turn of the tide
- turn on
- turn one's back on
- turn one's hand to
- turn one's head
- turn one's stomach
- turn on one's heel
- turn on the waterworks
- turn out
- turn out all right
- turn over
- turn over a new leaf
- turn over in one's grave
- turn tail
- turn the clock back
- turn the corner
- turn the other cheek
- turn the scale
- turn the tables
- turn the tide
- turn the trick
- turn thumbs down
- turn to
- turn to good account
- turn turtle
- turn up
- turn up like a bad penny
- turn up one's nose
- turn up one's toes
- turn upside down
- turn up the heat on
- turn up trumps
- at every turn
- by turns
- every time one turns around
- good turn
- in turn
- not know where to turn
- one good turn deserves another
- out of turn
- take a turn for the better
- take turns
- to a T (turn)
- twist (turn) around one's finger
- when someone's back is turned
Also see underunturned.