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turn /trn/ v. 1 [I;T] (syns.) to bear left or right | veer, as in changing direction: The truck turned right onto a side street. The truck bore (or) veered right onto a side street. 2 [I;T] (syns.) to become, change to (s.t. different) | transform, convert: The weather turned stormy today. The weather became stormy today.||An architect turned an old barn into a cute house. An architect transformed an old barn into a cute house. 3 [I;T] (syns.) to adjust, move, twirl: I turned the knob on the radio to another station. I adjusted the knob on the radio to another station. 4 [I;T] (syns.) to go around, rotate, spin: The earth turns on its axis. The earth goes around (or) rotates on its axis. 5 [I;T] (syns.) to point, aim: The astronomer turned her telescope toward a distant star. The astronomer pointed her telescope toward a distant star. 6 [I;T] (syn.) to flip infrml., as in to reverse s.t.: A cook turned the hamburgers on the grill. A cook flipped the hamburgers on the grill. 7 [T] (syns.) (in farming) to plow, till: The farmer turned the soil with his plow. The farmer plowed (or) tilled the soil with his plow. 8 [T] (syns.) to nauseate | injure: That horror film turned my stomach. That horror film nauseated me. || I tripped and turned my ankle. I tripped and injured my ankle. 9 [I;T] (syns.) to carve, shape s.t. as on a lathe: A worker turns table legs on a lathe. A worker carves (or) shapes table legs on a lathe. 10 infrml. to turn a blind eye: to ignore, overlook: The father turned a blind eye to his sons laziness and left him the family business. 11 infrml. to turn a deaf ear: to ignore, avoid: He turned a deaf ear to his wifes advice. 12 to turn a profit: to make a profit: His business is new and does not turn a profit. 13 phrasal v. [I] to turn about: to turn in the opposite direction: She forgot her eyeglasses and turned about to get them. 14 to turn blue: to show signs of cold and lack of oxygen: His hands turned blue from the cold. 15 infrml. to turn cartwheels: to jump for joy: When he heard the good news, he felt like turning cartwheels. 16 to turn green: a. to become ill: He ate some bad food and turned green with nausea. b. to become envious or jealous: When he saw his neighbors new car, he turned green with envy. 17 phrasal v. insep. [T] to turn into s.o. or s.t.: to change into, become: The nice boy turned into a bad man. 18 to turn loose: to set free: Zookeepers turned some birds raised in captivity loose in the wild. 19 infrml. to turn on a dime: to change direction quickly: That football star can turn on a dime and speed off in another direction. 20 to turn ones back on: to reject, (syn.) to repudiate: He turned his back on his father and never spoke to him again. 21 to turn over a new leaf: to change, esp. to correct ones bad behavior: Managers who ignored their workers turned over a new leaf and worked closely with them. 22 infrml.fig. to turn over in ones grave: an expression of disapproval (disgust, horror): Beethoven would turn over in his grave if he could hear todays popular music. 23 to turn red: to blush, flush: Her face turned red with embarrassment. 24 phrasal v. insep. [T] to turn s.o. against s.o. or s.t.: to become hostile, oppose: The public turned against the leader and voted him out of office. 25 phrasal v. sep. [T] to turn s.o. or s.t. around: a. to reverse direction: He turned his car around and headed home. b. to change a bad business situation: The company was losing money and hired a new president to turn it around. 26 phrasal v. sep. to turn (s.o.) away: a. [I;T] to avoid looking, (syn.) to avert the eyes: When he saw the dead body, he turned away in horror. b. [I] s.o.: to change, such as to stop doing bad things: He turned away from drinking alcohol and gambling. c. [T] s.o.: to keep s.o. from entering: The security guard turned away people who didnt have invitations to the party.||He turned them away. 27 phrasal v. sep. [I;T] to turn s.o. back: to reverse direction, such as to stop a journey: The bad snowstorm made me turn back and stay at home. 28 phrasal v. sep. to turn s.o. or s.t. down: a. [T] s.t.: to fold over: The maid turned down the bedsheet and blanket for hotel guests each evening. b. [T] s.o. or s.t.: to refuse, disapprove: His manager turned down his proposal for a new project. 29 phrasal v. sep. to turn (s.o. or s.t.) in: a. [I] to go to bed, sleep: I turned in at 11:00 P.M. last night. b. [T] s.o.: to surrender s.o. to the police: A young girl turned in her parents for using drugs.||She turned them in. c. [T] s.t.: to hand in, give s.t. to s.o.: Students turned in their test papers when the period was over. d. [T] s.t.: to exchange as a down payment, esp. cars: He turned in his old car for a new one. 30 phrasal v. sep. to turn s.o. or s.t. off: a. slang [T] s.o.: to disgust, offend: His unfriendly attitude turns off most people.||It turns them off. b. [I;T] s.t.: to shut off: I turned off the light and went to sleep. 31 phrasal v. sep. to turn s.o. or s.t. on: a. [T] s.o.: to excite, cause enjoyment: Playing tennis turns her on; she loves it! b. [T] s.o.: to excite sexually, arouse: He turns her on with his good looks and curly hair. c. [I;T] s.t.: to switch on, operate: I turned on the lights in a dark room. d. [T] s.t.: to attack physically or verbally: The dog turned on his owner and bit her. ||It turned on her. 32 phrasal v. sep. to turn (s.o. or s.t.) out: a. [I] to develop into, become: The young woman turned out well as the manager of a magazine. b. [T] s.o.: to expel, reject: The mean man turned his son out into the cold night.||He turned him out. c. [I;T] s.o.: to cause people to assemble: The announcement of a public debate turned out a large crowd. d. [T] s.t.: to produce s.t.: Her company turns out beautiful shoes and accessories. e. [T] s.t.: to put out, extinguish (a light) 33 to turn s.o.s head: to attract, (syn.) to beguile: She is so tall that she turns lots of heads when she walks down the street. 34 phrasal v. sep. to turn s.t. over: a. [I;T] to reverse sides, flip over: He turned over and slept on his stomach. b. [T] to give: The manager turned over her responsibilities to a new person.||She turned them over. 35 phrasal v. sep. to turn (s.t.) up: a. [I] to arrive: She turned up at the meeting late. b. [I] to occur, happen, esp. unexpectedly: Something wonderful turned up. I won a prize! c. [T] s.t.: to lift up: He turned up the brim of his hat. d. [T] s.t.: to increase the volume: Turn up the radio so we can hear the music better. e. [I;T] s.t.: to produce results, uncover: The scientist experimented for months and finally turned up a new substance.||She turned it up. 36 infrml. to turn tail: to reverse direction, esp. in a hurried and often cowardly fashion: When the criminal saw the police arrive, he turned tail and ran. 37 to turn the other cheek: to ignore criticism (rejection, harm, etc.): If a person hurts you, some people urge you to turn the other cheek. 38 infrml. to turn the tables: to change weakness into strength, esp. in the same way: I turned the tables on a person who threatened to sue me by having my lawyer sue her first. 39 to turn the tide: to change, reverse a situation: The entrance of their allies into the war turned the tide against their enemies. 40 phrasal v. insep. to turn to (s.o. or s.t.): a. [T] to look at certain pages in a book b. [T] s.o. or s.t.: to find comfort in: After her divorce, she turned to her friends. 41 to turn to ones advantage: to change a difficult situation into a good one: He turned losing his job to his advantage by starting his own business. 42 to turn up ones nose: to reject, esp. in a snobbish fashion: My cat turns up his nose at ordinary cat food.
n. 1 a bend, curve: The road makes a turn to the left at the intersection. 2 a change of direction: We took a turn at the river. 3 a rotation: We watched the slow turn of the windmills blades. 4 a time for a person to act: It was my turn to wash the dishes (serve the volleyball, speak in class, etc.). 5 fig. at every turn: at every moment, on every occasion: At every turn, he likes to discuss politics. 6 in turn: in sequence, in addition: She smiled at him, and he in turn smiled back. 7 out of turn: a. not in sequence: She should have hit the golf ball last; when she hit first, she played out of turn. b. wrongly, rudely: He spoke out of turn when he criticized her unfairly. 8 to do a good turn: to do s.t. good, help s.o.: He did a good turn for a stranded motorist by stopping and fixing her tire. 9 to take a turn for the better or worse: to improve or worsen: The hospital patient took a turn for the better. 10 turn of events: a change, esp. by chance: In a sudden turn of events, the Prime Minister resigned.
pl. 1 by turns: alternately, (syn.) sequentially: Each table of guests went to the buffet by turns. 2 to take turns: to act in sequence: He and his wife take turns washing the dishes.
Thesaurus: turn n. 1 a twist 2 a bend 3 a revolution 4 an opportunity, chance, shot infrml.
adj. n. turn of the century: a period just before, during, and after a century and its characteristics in life, culture, art, etc.: The <n.> turn of the nineteenth century in France was called the Belle Epoque.