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turn meaning

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Synonyms of "turn""turn" in a sentence
  • Verb: turn  turn
    1. Change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
      "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs" 
    2. Undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
      "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
    Noun: turn  turn
    1. A circular segment of a curve
      - bend, crook, twist 
    2. The act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
      "he took a turn to the right"
      - turning 
    3. (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
      "it is my turn"
      - play 
    4. An unforeseen development
      "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
      - turn of events, twist 
    5. A movement in a new direction
      - turning 
    6. The act of turning away or in the opposite direction
      "he made an abrupt turn away from her" 
    7. Turning or twisting around (in place)
      - twist 
    8. A time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
      - go, spell, tour 
    9. (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
      - bout, round 
    10. A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
      - act, routine, number, bit 
    11. A favour for someone
      "he did me a good turn"
      - good turn 
    12. Taking a short walk out and back
      "we took a turn in the park"

    Sounds like: tern

    Derived forms: turned, turns, turning

    See also: turn around, turn away, turn back, turn off, turn on, turn to, turner, turnery, turning

    Type of: acquire, activity, age, aim, alter, appeal, change, change form, change of course, change of direction, change shape, channel, channelise [Brit], channelize, color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], control, curve, curved shape, deform, development, direct, discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], displace, division, do, duty period, favor [US], favour [Brit, Cdn], form, get, get on, go, injure, invoke, locomote, maturate, mature, metamorphose, modify, motion, move, movement, operate, part, perform, performance, public presentation, reorientation, rotary motion, rotation, section, send, senesce, shape, shift, take, take aim, till, train, transfer, transform, transmit, transmute, transport, travel, walk, work shift, wound

    Part of: period of play, play, playing period

    Encyclopedia: Turn Turn, Turn, Turn

  • [American slang]
    to turn oneself to avoid someone or something.
      She turned away from me as I walked past, pretending not to see me.
      She turned from Ken and ran.

  • [Business]
    AmE / verb, noun


    1 [+ obj or no obj]

    to change into a particular state; to make sth do this:

    The loss has been turned into a profit.

    2 [no obj]

    to change and start going in a different direction:

    After a good start, the markets turned lower.

    to turn higher/lower/negative/positive


    turn a (small, modest, $10 million, etc.) profit (informal)

    to make a profit in business:

    Four years after she took over, the company had turned a profit.

    turn sth on its head

    to make people think about sth in a completely different way; to change sth completely:

    The magazine's low cover price has turned the usual pricing process on its head.

    turn sth to your advantage

    to use or change a bad situation so that it helps you:

    The new manager aimed to turn the hotel's isolated position to its advantage.

    turn your back on sth

    to reject sth/sb that you were previously connected with:

    Investors are now turning their backs on Internet start-ups.



    turn around/round; turn sth around/round

    if a business, an economy, etc. turns around or sb turns it around, it starts being successful after it has failed to be successful for a time:

    The new management team turned the company around within 15 months.


    turn sth around/round

    to do a piece of work that you have been given and return it:

    They try to turn any repair around in 72 hours.


    turn down

    to become weaker or less active, make less money, etc. :

    Low interest rates encouraged consumers to keep spending as the world economy turned down.


    turn sb/sth down

    to reject or refuse to consider an offer, a proposal, etc. or the person who makes it:

    Woodhouse turned down a recent offer to become president of the firm.

    The bank turned us down for a loan.

    turn in sth

    to achieve a particular performance, profit, etc:

    The group had turned in a 21% increase in profits.

    Our UK division turned in a strong performance.

    turn sb on (to sth)

    to make sb become interested in sth or to use sth for the first time:

    attempts to turn Internet users on to broadband

    turn sth out

    to produce sth/sb:

    The firm turns out 75 000 bicycles a year.

    See note at PRODUCE

    turn over sth

    to do business worth a particular amount of money in a particular period of time:

    We turn over £3.5 million a year.

    TURNOVER (1)

    turn sth over (Commerce )

    (about a shop/store) to sell goods and replace them:

    A supermarket turns over its stock very quickly.

    TURNOVER (3)

    turn sth over to sb/sth

    to give the control of sth to sb else:

    He turned the business over to his daughter.

    noun [C]



    a change in what is happening:

    Analysts are predicting a turn in the economy.

    a downward turn in the company's fortunes

    The telecoms company expects prices to rise, but declined to call a turn on the global telecoms industry.

    2 (Finance )

    the difference between the buying and selling price of shares or other financial products; the profit that is made:

    They were only interested in making a quick turn on the shares.

    TAKE verb

  • [Economics]
    The difference between the price at which a market maker will buy a security (see bid) and the price at which the market maker will sell it (see offer price), i.e. the market maker's profit.

  • [Electronics]
    One complete loop of a coil.

  • [Finance]
    In the equities market, a reversal; unwind.

  • [Medicine]
    vt : to injure by twisting or wrenching ‹turned his ankle›

  • [Computer]
    <messaging, protocol> An SMTP command with which a client asks the server to open an SMTP connection to the client, thus reversing their roles.

    Superseded by ETRN.
  • Do you wish to turn me into a plutocrat?
  • The child 's condition took a favourable turn ...
  • The helix makes a complete turn every 4. 4nm.
  • Don't worry, all will turn out right.
  • Why couldn't it be made to turn wheels?
  • Love can turn the cottage into a golden palace.
  • Do we then turn our backs on technique?
  • You've made mahan turn over in his grave.
  • Things took a more decisive turn.
  • It 's hard to predict how things will turn out.
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