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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

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Idioms for turn

Origin of turn

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

SYNONYMS FOR turn

23, 24 fashion, mold.
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.
66 spin, gyration, revolution.
75 deviation, bend, twist, vicissitude, variation.
88 talent, proclivity. 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

intern inturn in turntern turn
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British Dictionary definitions for turn down (1 of 2)

turn down

verb (tr, adverb)

to reduce (the volume or brightness) of (something)turn the radio down
to reject or refuse
to fold down (a collar, sheets on a bed, etc)

adjective turndown

(prenominal) capable of being or designed to be folded or doubled down

British Dictionary definitions for turn down (2 of 2)

turn
/ (tɜːn) /

verb

noun

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 down (1 of 2)

turn down

1

Fold or double down, as in They always turn down your bed here, or Turn down your collar. [c. 1600]

2

Invert, as in She turned down her cards, or They turn down the glasses in the cupboard. [Mid-1700s]

3

Reject, fail to accept, as in They turned down his proposal, or Joe was turned down at four schools before he was finally accepted. [Late 1800s]

4

Diminish in volume, brightness, or speed. For example, Please turn down the radio; it's too loud, or They turned down the lights and began to dance. [Second half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with turn down (2 of 2)

turn

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