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(1)   Taking a short walk out and back
"We took a turn in the park"
(2)   Turning or twisting around (in place)
"With a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
(3)   The act of turning away or in the opposite direction
"He made an abrupt turn away from her"
(4)   The act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
"He took a turn to the right"
(5)   (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
"It is my turn"
"It is still my play"
(6)   A favor for someone
"He did me a good turn"
(7)   A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
"He did his act three times every evening"
"She had a catchy little routine"
"It was one of the best numbers he ever did"
(8)   A movement in a new direction
"The turning of the wind"
(9)   An unforeseen development
"Events suddenly took an awkward turn"
(10)   A circular segment of a curve
"A bend in the road"
"A crook in the path"
(11)   (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
(12)   A time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
"It's my go"
"A spell of work"


(13)   Twist suddenly so as to sprain
"Wrench one's ankle"
"The wrestler twisted his shoulder"
"The hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"
"I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
(14)   Pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
"The weather turned nasty"
"She grew angry"
(15)   Change to the contrary
"The trend was reversed"
"The tides turned against him"
"Public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"
(16)   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"
(17)   Change color
"In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
(18)   Go sour or spoil
"The milk has soured"
"The wine worked"
"The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
(19)   Let (something) fall or spill a container
"Turn the flour onto a plate"
(20)   Shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
"Turn the legs of the table"
"Turn the clay on the wheel"
(21)   To break and turn over earth especially with a plow
"Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"
"Turn the earth in the Spring"
(22)   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"
(23)   Pass to the other side of
"Turn the corner"
"Move around the obstacle"
(24)   To send or let go
"They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
(25)   Cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
"Turn a page of a book"
(26)   Cause to move around or rotate
"Turn a key"
"Turn your palm this way"
(27)   Move around an axis or a center
"The wheels are turning"
(28)   Undergo a change or development
"The water turned into ice"
"Her former friend became her worst enemy"
"He turned traitor"


From , from , "to turn" and , both from , present active infinitive of , from , from .


  1. Of a body, person, etc, to move around an axis through itself.
    the Earth turns
    turn on the spot
  2. To change the direction or orientation of.
    Turn the knob clockwise.
  3. To change one's direction of travel.
    Turn right here.
  4. To position (something) by folding it.
    Turn the bed covers.
  5. To become.
    The leaves turn brown in autumn.
    When I asked him for the money, he turned nasty.
  6. To rebel; to go against something formerly tolerated.
    The prisoners turned on the warden.
  7. 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.
  8. To sour or spoil; to go bad.
    This milk has turned; it smells awful.
  9. To complete.
    They say they can turn the parts in two days.
  10. Of a bowler, to make (the ball) move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  11. Of a ball, to move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  12. To change personalities, such as from being a face (good guy) to heel (bad guy) or vice versa.


: rotate, spin, twirl: rotate: steer, swerve, tack
:: become, get, go: rebel, revolt: lathe: go bad, go off, sour, spoil: complete


  1. A change of direction or orientation.
    Give the handle a turn, then pull it.
  2. A movement of an object about its own axis in one direction that continues until the object returns to its initial orientation.
  3. A single loop of a coil.
  4. A chance to use (something) shared in sequence with others.
    They took turns playing with the new toy.
  5. One's chance to make a move in a game having two or more players.
  6. 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.
  7. (also turnaround) The time required to complete a project.
    They quote a three-day turn on parts like those.
  8. A fit or a period of giddiness.
    I've had a funny turn.
  9. A change in temperament or circumstance.
    She took a turn for the worse.
  10. A sideways movement of the ball when it bounces (caused by rotation in flight)
  11. The fourth communal card in Texas hold 'em.
  12. The flop (the first three community cards) in Texas hold 'em
  13. the basic coil element that forms a single conducting loop comprised of one insulated conductor.


:: 360° turn, complete rotation, complete turn, full rotation, full turn: loop: go: go, move::: dizziness, dizzy spell, giddiness: change, swing: