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Idioms for turn

Origin of turn

First recorded before 1000; (verb) Middle English turnen, partly continuing Old English turnian, tyrnan, from Latin tornāre “to turn in a lathe, round off” (derivative of tornus “lathe,” from Greek tórnos “tool for making circles”), partly from Old French torner, t(o)urner, from Latin, as above; (noun) Middle English, partly derivative of the verb, partly from unattested Anglo-French torn, t(o)urn;Old French tor, t(o)ur, from Latin tornus, as above

synonym study for turn

41. Turn, revolve, rotate, spin indicate moving in a more or less rotary, circular fashion. Turn is the general and popular word for motion on an axis or around a center, but it is used also of motion that is less than a complete circle: A gate turns on its hinges. Revolve refers especially to movement in an orbit around a center, but is sometimes exchangeable with rotate, which refers only to the motion of a body around its own center or axis: The moon revolves about the earth. The earth rotates on its axis. To spin is to rotate very rapidly: A top spins.
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 turn

turn·a·ble, adjectivehalf-turned, adjectiveun·turn·a·ble, adjectiveun·turned, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH turn

1. tern, turn 2. intern, inturn, in turn
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British Dictionary definitions for turn

turn
/ (tɜːn) /

verb

noun

See also turn against, turn away, turn down, turn in, turn off, turn on, turn out, turn over, turn to, turn up

Derived forms of turn

turnable, adjective

Word Origin for turn

Old English tyrnian, from Old French torner, from Latin tornāre to turn in a lathe, from tornus lathe, from Greek tornos dividers
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Idioms and Phrases with turn

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