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  1. an act or result of turning over; upset.

  2. change or movement of people, as tenants or customers, in, out, or through a place: The restaurant did a lively business and had a rapid turnover.

  1. the aggregate of worker replacements in a given period in a given business or industry.

  2. the ratio of the labor turnover to the average number of employees in a given period.

  3. the total amount of business done in a given time.

  4. the rate at which items are sold, especially with reference to the depletion of stock and replacement of inventory: Things are slow now, but they expect an increased turnover next month.

  5. the number of times that capital is invested and reinvested in a line of merchandise during a specified period of time.

  6. the turning over of the capital or stock of goods involved in a particular transaction or course of business.

  7. the rate of processing or the amount of material that has undergone a particular process in a given period of time, as in manufacturing.

  8. a change from one position, opinion, etc., to another, often to one that is opposed to that previously held.

  9. a reorganization of a political organization, business, etc., especially one involving a change or shift of personnel.

  10. a baked or deep-fried pastry with a sweet or savory filling in which half the dough is turned over the filling and the edges sealed to form a semicircle or triangle.

  11. Basketball, Football. the loss of possession of the ball to the opponents, through misplays or infractions of the rules.

  1. that is or may be turned over.

  2. having a part that turns over, as a collar.

Origin of turnover

First recorded in 1605–15; noun use of verb phrase turn over

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How to use turnover in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for turn over

turn over

  1. to change or cause to change position, esp so as to reverse top and bottom

  2. to start (an engine), esp with a starting handle, or (of an engine) to start or function correctly

  1. to shift or cause to shift position, as by rolling from side to side

  2. (tr) to deliver; transfer

  3. (tr) to consider carefully: he turned over the problem for hours

  4. (tr)

    • to sell and replenish (stock in trade)

    • to transact business and so generate gross revenue of (a specified sum)

  5. (tr) to invest and recover (capital)

  6. (tr) slang to rob

  7. (tr) slang to defeat utterly

  8. turn over a new leaf to reform; resolve to improve one's behaviour

    • the amount of business, usually expressed in terms of gross revenue, transacted during a specified period

    • (as modifier): a turnover tax

  1. the rate at which stock in trade is sold and replenished

  1. a change or reversal of position

  2. a small semicircular or triangular pastry case filled with fruit, jam, etc

    • the number of workers employed by a firm in a given period to replace those who have left

    • the ratio between this number and the average number of employees during the same period

  3. banking the amount of capital funds loaned on call during a specified period

  1. (prenominal) able or designed to be turned or folded over: a turnover collar

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Other Idioms and Phrases with turnover


Invert, bring the bottom to the top, as in We have to turn over the soil before we plant anything. [Second half of 1300s]

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