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.
ACTION, HOSTILE, SOUR
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.
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.
turn sth over (Commerce )
(about a shop/store) to sell goods and replace them:
A supermarket turns over its stock very quickly.
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]
INVENTORY TURN, OUT-TURN, STOCK TURN
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.