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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 out (1 of 2)

turn out

verb (adverb)

noun turnout

British Dictionary definitions for turn out (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 out (1 of 2)

turn out

1

Shut off, as in He turned out the light. [Late 1800s]

2

Arrive or assemble for an event, as in A large number of voters turned out for the rally. [Mid-1700s]

3

Produce, as in They turn out three thousand cars a month. [Mid-1700s]

4

Be found to be in the end; also, end up, result, as in The rookie turned out to be a fine fielder, or The cake didn't turn out very well. [First half of 1700s] Also see turn out all right.

5

Equip, outfit, as in The bride was turned out beautifully. [First half of 1800s]

6

Get out of bed, as in Come on, children; time to turn out. [Colloquial; early 1800s]

7

Evict, expel, as in The landlord turned out his tenant. [Early 1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with turn out (2 of 2)

turn

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