Turn meaning

tûrn
Turn is defined as to rotate in a circle or to change position or reverse.

An example of to turn is to spin a car wheel.

An example of to turn is to completely change one's view on a situation.

verb
3
0
To have a sensation of revolving or whirling, especially as a result of dizziness or giddiness.

My head is turning.

verb
2
0
To revolve in the mind; meditate on; ponder.

Turned the question in her mind.

verb
1
0
To exchange; convert. Used with to or into .

Turns her singing talent into extra money.

verb
1
0
To move around an axis or center; rotate or revolve.
verb
1
0
Advertisement
To convert to a religion.
verb
1
0
The definition of a turn is the act of rotating or a change in movement, direction or thought.

An example of turn is spinning around in a partial or full circle.

An example of turn is a change from driving straight to going left.

noun
0
0
To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement.

Turned the iron to a hotter setting.

verb
0
0
To perform or accomplish by rotating or revolving.

Turn a somersault.

verb
0
0
To change the direction or course of.

Turn the car to the left.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
To make a course around or about.

Turn a corner.

verb
0
0
To reach and pass (a specified age).

My niece has turned two.

verb
0
0
To change the purpose, intention, or content of by persuasion or influence.

Her speech turned my thinking.

verb
0
0
To change the order or disposition of; unsettle.
verb
0
0
To cause to act or go against; make antagonistic.

The scandal turned public opinion against the candidate.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
To cause to go in a specific direction; direct.

They turned their steps toward home.

verb
0
0
To send, drive, or let go.

Turn the bully out of the bar; turned the dog loose.

verb
0
0
To pour, let fall, or otherwise release (contents) from or into a receptacle.

Turn the dough onto a floured board.

verb
0
0
To keep in circulation; sell and restock.

We turned a great deal of merchandise during the holidays.

verb
0
0
To perform successfully; complete.

Turn a double play.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
To perform (an act of prostitution).

Turning tricks.

verb
0
0
To progress through pages so as to arrive at a given place.

Please turn to page 31.

verb
0
0
To direct one's way or course.

The truck turned into the gas station. Turn off the highway at the next exit.

verb
0
0
To change or reverse one's way, course, or direction.

Too tired to go farther, we turned toward home.

verb
0
0
To change one's actions or attitudes adversely; become hostile or antagonistic.

The peasants turned against the cruel king.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
To attack suddenly and violently with no apparent motive.

The lion turned on the animal trainer.

verb
0
0
To devote or apply oneself to something, as to a field of study.

Unsuccessful in math, the student turned to biology.

verb
0
0
To switch one's loyalty from one side or party to another.
verb
0
0
To depend on something for success or failure; hinge.
verb
0
0
To be stocked and sold.

This merchandise will turn easily.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
To become dull or blunt by bending back. Used of the edge of a cutting instrument.
verb
0
0
The act of turning or the condition of being turned; rotation or revolution.
noun
0
0
A change of direction, motion, or position.

Make a left turn at the corner.

noun
0
0
A place, as in a road or path, where a change in direction occurs; a curve.

A sharp turn in the road.

noun
0
0
A point marking the end of one period of time and the beginning of the next.

The turn of the century.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
The midway point in a round of 18 holes of golf, at which the first set of nine holes has been completed.
noun
0
0
A characteristic mood, style, or habit; a natural inclination.

An inquisitive turn of mind.

noun
0
0
A distinctive, graceful, or artistic expression or arrangement of words.

The poetic turn of a phrase.

noun
0
0
A deed or action having a good or bad effect on another.
noun
0
0
A short walk or excursion out and back.

Took a turn in the park.

noun
0
0
Advertisement
A single wind or convolution, as of wire on a spool.
noun
0
0
A figure or ornament, usually consisting of four or more notes in rapid succession and including the principal note, the one a degree above it, and the one a degree below it.
noun
0
0
A brief theatrical act or stage appearance.
noun
0
0
A transaction on the stock market involving both a sale and a purchase.
noun
0
0
The fourth community card in Texas hold'em.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
The amount that can be carried in the arms in one load.

A turn of firewood.

noun
0
0
To make (a wheel, globe, etc.) move about a central point or axis; revolve or rotate.
verb
0
0
To give circular motion to; move around or partly around.

To turn a key.

verb
0
0
To do by a revolving motion.

To turn a somersault.

verb
0
0
To execute (a double play)
verb
0
0
Advertisement
To give a rounded shape to by rotating against a tool, as in a lathe.
verb
0
0
To give rounded shape or form to in any way.
verb
0
0
To give a well-rounded or graceful form to.

To turn a pretty phrase.

verb
0
0
To change the position of, as by a rotating motion.

To turn a chair around.

verb
0
0
To revolve in the mind: ponder.
verb
0
0
To bend back (a cutting edge); blunt.
verb
0
0
To reverse the position or sides of; invert.
  • To move so that the undersurface is on top and vice versa.
    To turn a phonograph record.
  • To spade, plow, etc. so that the undersoil comes to the surface.
  • To reverse (a collar, coat, etc.) so that the inner surface becomes the outer.
verb
0
0
To cause to become upside down, topsy-turvy, etc.
verb
0
0
To upset or unsettle (the stomach)
verb
0
0
To bend the course of; deflect; divert.

To turn a blow.

verb
0
0
To cause to change intentions, actions, etc. [to turn someone from his purpose]
  • To convert or persuade.
  • To change in feelings, attitudes, etc.
    To turn people against someone.
verb
0
0
To go around (a corner, an army's flank, etc.)
verb
0
0
To reach or pass (a certain age, amount, etc.)
verb
0
0
To reverse the course of.
  • To stop or repel.
    To turn an attack.
  • To cause to recoil, rebound, etc.
    Criticism turned against the critic.
verb
0
0
To drive, set, let go, etc. in some way.

To turn someone adrift.

verb
0
0
To change the direction of (one's eyes, face, etc.)
verb
0
0
To direct, point, aim, etc.

To turn a gun on someone.

verb
0
0
To change the trend, focus, etc. of.

To turn one's thoughts to practical matters.

verb
0
0
To put to (a specified) use or result; employ; apply.

To turn knowledge to good account, to turn one's hand to writing.

verb
0
0
To change; convert; transmute.

To turn cream into butter, a writer turned actor.

verb
0
0
To exchange for.

To turn produce into hard cash.

verb
0
0
To subject.

To turn another's remarks to ridicule.

verb
0
0
To translate or paraphrase.
verb
0
0
To derange, dement, distract, or infatuate.
verb
0
0
To make sour.
verb
0
0
To affect in some way.

Turned sick by the sight.

verb
0
0
To change the color of.
verb
0
0
To move in a circle or around an axis; rotate or revolve; pivot.
verb
0
0
To move in a circular manner; move around or partly around.

The key won't turn.

verb
0
0
To become curved or bent.
verb
0
0
To reverse position so that bottom becomes top; become reversed or inverted.
verb
0
0
To become upset or unsettled.
verb
0
0
To change one's or its course so as to be moving, going, etc. in a different direction; deviate.
verb
0
0
To reverse one's or its course; start to move, go, etc. in the opposite direction.

The tide has turned.

verb
0
0
To consult; refer (to)
verb
0
0
To go or apply (to) for help.
verb
0
0
To change one's or its direction; face about; shift.
verb
0
0
To direct or shift one's attention, abilities, thoughts, etc.

To turn from one's work to a hobby.

verb
0
0
To make a sudden attack (on or upon)

The dog turned on him.

verb
0
0
To reverse one's feelings, attitude, allegiance, etc.

To turn against former friends.

verb
0
0
To be contingent or depend (on or upon)
verb
0
0
To vacillate.
verb
0
0
To enter into a specified condition; become.

To turn bitter with age.

verb
0
0
To change into another form, type, or sort.

The rain turned to sleet.

verb
0
0
To become rancid, putrid, sour, etc.
verb
0
0
To change color.

Leaves turning in the fall.

verb
0
0
The act of turning around; complete or partial rotation, as of a wheel; revolution.
noun
0
0
A musical ornament consisting usually of four tones, the second and fourth of which are the same, or principal, tone, the first, normally, being a degree above, and the third a degree below.
noun
0
0
A change of position or posture, as by rotating motion.
noun
0
0
A change or reversal of course or direction.

The turn of the tide.

noun
0
0
The place where a change in direction occurs; bend; curve.
noun
0
0
The midway point of a round, usually after the ninth hole.
noun
0
0
The time of a chronological change.

At the turn of the century.

noun
0
0
A sudden, brief shock or fright; start.
noun
0
0
An action that harms or, more usually, benefits another.

To do someone a good turn.

noun
0
0
A bout; spell; try.

A turn at gardening.

noun
0
0
An attack of illness, dizziness, rage, etc.; fit.
noun
0
0
The right, duty, or opportunity to do something, esp. as coming to each of a number of people in regular order.

One's turn at bat.

noun
0
0
A shift of work.
noun
0
0
A transaction on the stock exchange involving both purchase and sale of particular securities.
noun
0
0
A distinctive form, manner, cast, detail, etc.

A quaint turn to her speech.

noun
0
0
Natural inclination or aptitude; flair.

An inquisitive turn of mind.

noun
0
0
A tendency; drift; trend.

The discussion took a new turn.

noun
0
0
A variation or interpretation of the original.

To give an old story a new turn.

noun
0
0
Non-linear physical movement.
  • (intransitive) Of a body, person, etc, to move around an axis through itself.
    The Earth turns; turn on the spot.
  • To change the direction or orientation of, especially by rotation.
    Turn the knob clockwise.
  • (intransitive) To change one's direction of travel.
    She turned right at the corner.
  • (figuratively) To change the course of.
  • To shape (something) symmetrically by rotating it against a stationary cutting tool, as on a lathe.
    She turned the table legs with care and precision.
  • (by extension) To give form to; to shape or mould; to adapt.
  • To position (something) by folding it, or using its folds.
    Turn the bed covers; turn the pages.
  • (cricket) Of a bowler, to make (the ball) move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  • (intransitive, cricket) Of a ball, to move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
verb
0
0
(intransitive) To change condition or attitude.
  • To become (begin to be).
    The leaves turn brown in autumn. When I asked him for the money, he turned nasty.
  • To change the color of the leaves in the autumn.
    The hillside behind our house isn't generally much to look at, but once all the trees turn it's gorgeous.
  • To change fundamentally; to metamorphose.
    Midas made everything turn to gold. He turned into a monster every full moon.
  • To hinge; to depend.
    The decision turns on a single fact.
  • To rebel; to go against something formerly tolerated.
    The prisoners turned on the warden.
  • (intransitive) To sour or spoil; to go bad.
    This milk has turned; it smells awful.
  • To make acid or sour; to ferment; to curdle.
    To turn cider or wine.
  • (professional wrestling) To change personalities, such as from being a face (good guy) to heel (bad guy) or vice versa.
verb
0
0
Bible, Exodus xxxii. 12

Turn from thy fierce wrath.

verb
0
0
John Locke.

The understanding turns inward on itself, and reflects on its own operations.

verb
0
0
(usually with over) To complete.

They say they can turn the parts in two days.

verb
0
0
(soccer) Of a player, to go past an opposition player with the ball in one's control.
verb
0
0
To undergo the process of turning on a lathe.

Ivory turns well.

verb
0
0
To become giddy; said of the head or brain.
verb
0
0
To sicken; to nauseate.

The sight turned my stomach.

verb
0
0
To be nauseated; said of the stomach.
verb
0
0
(obstetrics) To bring down the feet of a child in the womb, in order to facilitate delivery.
verb
0
0
(printing, dated) To invert a type of the same thickness, as a temporary substitute for any sort which is exhausted.
verb
0
0
(archaic) To translate.

To turn the Iliad.

verb
0
0
A change of direction or orientation.

Give the handle a turn, then pull it.

noun
0
0
A movement of an object about its own axis in one direction that continues until the object returns to its initial orientation.
noun
0
0
A single loop of a coil.
noun
0
0
A chance to use (something) shared in sequence with others.

They took turns playing with the new toy.

noun
0
0
One's chance to make a move in a game having two or more players.
noun
0
0
A figure in music, often denoted ~, consisting of the note above the one indicated, the note itself, the note below the one indicated, and the note itself again.
noun
0
0
(also turnaround) The time required to complete a project.

They quote a three-day turn on parts like those.

noun
0
0
A fit or a period of giddiness.

I've had a funny turn.

noun
0
0
A change in temperament or circumstance.

She took a turn for the worse.

noun
0
0
(cricket) A sideways movement of the ball when it bounces (caused by rotation in flight)
noun
0
0
(poker) The fourth communal card in Texas hold 'em.
noun
0
0
A deed done to another.

One good turn deserves another.

I felt that the man was of a vindictive nature, and would do me an evil turn if he found the opportunity [...]

noun
0
0
(rope) A pass behind or through an object.
noun
0
0
(soccer) An instances of going past an opposition player with the ball in one's control.
noun
0
0
To change position from side to side or back and forth.

I tossed and turned all night.

verb
0
1
To channel one's attention, interest, or thought toward or away from something.
verb
0
1
at every turn
  • In every place; at every moment.
idiom
0
0
by turns
  • One after another; alternately:.
idiom
0
0
in turn
  • In the proper order or sequence.
idiom
0
0
out of turn
  • Not in the proper order or sequence.
  • At an inappropriate time or in an inappropriate manner:.
    The student was reprimanded for speaking out of turn.
idiom
0
0
to a turn
  • To a precise degree; perfectly:.
    The roast was done to a turn.
idiom
0
0
turn a blind eye
  • To refuse to see or recognize something:.
    Turned a blind eye to tax fraud.
idiom
0
0
turn a deaf ear
  • To refuse to listen to or hear something:.
    Turned a deaf ear to the protests.
idiom
0
0
turn a hair
  • To become afraid or upset:.
    Didn't turn a hair during the crisis.
idiom
0
0
turn (one's) back on
  • To deny; reject.
  • To abandon; forsake.
idiom
0
0
turn (one's) hand
  • To apply oneself, as to a task:.
    Turned her hand to writing the report.
idiom
0
0
turn (one's) head
  • To cause to become infatuated.
  • To cause to become egotistical and conceited:.
    Success has turned his head.
idiom
0
0
turn over a new leaf
  • To start acting or thinking in a more positive or responsible way.
idiom
0
0
turn tail
  • To run away.
idiom
0
0
turn the
  • To reach and surpass a midpoint or milestone.
idiom
0
0
turn the other cheek
  • To respond to insult or injury by patiently eschewing retaliation.
idiom
0
0
turn the scales
  • To offset the balance of a situation.
idiom
0
0
turn the tables
  • To reverse a situation and gain the upper hand.
idiom
0
0
turn turtle
  • To capsize or turn upside-down:.
    Our sailboat turned turtle during the squall.
idiom
0
0
turn up (one's) nose
  • To regard something with disdain or scorn:.
    Turned up her nose at the food.
idiom
0
0
at every turn
  • In every instance; constantly.
idiom
0
0
by turns
  • One after another; alternately; in succession.
idiom
0
0
call the turn
  • To predict successfully.
idiom
0
0
in turn
  • In proper sequence or succession.
idiom
0
0
out of turn
  • Not in proper sequence or order.
  • At the wrong time; esp., unwisely or imprudently.
    To talk out of turn.
idiom
0
0
take turns
  • To speak, do, etc. one after another in regular order.
idiom
0
0
to a turn
  • To just the right degree; perfectly.
idiom
0
0
turn and turn about
  • One after another in regular order; by turns.
idiom
0
0
turn around
  • To change or become changed for the better.
  • To complete (a project, process, etc.).
  • To bring (a failing company, project, etc.) to a condition of profitability or solvency.
idiom
0
0
turn down
  • To lessen the intensity or volume of (light or sound) by manipulating controls.
idiom
0
0
turn in
  • To make a turn into; enter.
  • To point (the toes) inward.
  • To deliver; hand in.
  • To inform on or hand over, as to the police.
  • To give back; return.
  • To fold over; double.
  • To go to bed.
idiom
0
0
turn off
  • To leave (a road, path, etc.) and enter another branching off.
  • To branch off.
  • To stop displaying or showing, suddenly or automatically.
    To turn off a smile.
  • To deflect; divert.
  • To cause (someone) to become bored, depressed, uninterested, etc.
  • To discharge (an employee).
idiom
0
0
turn on
  • To show or display suddenly or automatically.
    To turn on the charm.
idiom
0
0
turn out
  • To put out (a light).
  • To put outside.
  • To drive out; dismiss or discharge.
  • To turn inside out.
  • To assemble somewhere for some purpose.
    Many turned out for the rally.
  • To produce as the result of work.
  • To prove to be; be discovered to be.
    The butler turned out to have committed the crime.
  • To come to be; become or end up.
    It turned out well in the end.
  • To equip, dress, etc.
  • To get out of bed.
idiom
0
0
turn over
  • To change the position of, as by rolling.
  • To reverse the position of; turn upside down; invert.
  • To shift one's position, as from one side to the other; roll over.
  • To begin, or make begin, to operate, as an engine or motor.
  • To think about carefully; ponder.
  • To hand over; transfer.
  • To relinquish; delegate.
  • To put to a different use; convert.
  • To sell and replenish (a stock of goods).
  • To buy and sell, or do business, to the amount of.
  • To lose possession of (the ball) due to a mistake or error.
idiom
0
0
turn to
  • To get to work; get busy.
idiom
0
0
turn up
  • To fold or bend back or over upon itself.
  • To shorten (a dress, a sleeve, etc.) by folding back the bottom edge and making a new hem.
  • To lift up or turn face upward, as to see the other side.
  • To bring to light, as by digging.
  • To increase the flow, speed, intensity, loudness, etc. of, as by turning a control.
  • To have an upward direction.
  • To come about; happen.
  • To make an appearance; arrive.
  • To be found.
idiom
0
0

Origin of turn

  • Middle English turnen from Old English turnian, tyrnan Old French torner both from Latin tornāre to turn in a lathe from tornus lathe from Greek tornos terə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English turnen, from Old English turnian, tyrnan (“to turn, rotate, revolve") and Old French torner (“to turn"), both from Latin tornāre (“to round off, turn in a lathe"), from tornus (“lathe"), from Ancient Greek τόρνος (tórnos, “a tool used for making circles"), from Proto-Indo-European *tere-, *ter-, *trÄ“- (“to rub, rub by turning, turn, twist, bore"). Cognate with Old English þrāwan (“to turn, twist, wind"). More at throw.

    From Wiktionary