Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Turn
  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. 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. 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. become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year"
  18. change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
  19. go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
  20. have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her"; "She turned to her relatives for help"
  21. direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car"
  22. alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down"
  23. cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar"
  24. let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate"
  25. shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"
  26. to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring"
  27. 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"
  28. pass to the other side of; "turn the corner"; "move around the obstacle"
  29. channel one''s attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something; "The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction"; "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millenium"
  30. to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor''s mansion"
  31. cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book"
  32. cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key"; "turn your palm this way"
  33. cause to move along an axis or into a new direction; "turn your face to the wall"; "turn the car around"; "turn your dance partner around"
  34. move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning"
  35. get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year"
  36. accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels"
  37. undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor"
  38. cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics; "The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him"; "The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold"
Similar Words: twist, turning, play, good turn, act, routine, number, bit, turn of events, bend, crook, bout, round, go, spell, tour, sprain, wrench, wrick, rick, grow, change by reversal, reverse, change state, sour, ferment, work, call on, flex, deform, release, plow, plough, move around, turn over, become


See Also: switch on, turn on, switch off, cut, turn off, turn out, turn around, pick up, put off, backtrack, turn back, double back, deflect, bend, turn away, address, turn to


Hyponyms: twiddle, diversion, deviation, digression, deflection, deflexion, divagation, right, left, kick turn, stem turn, stem, telemark, swerve, swerving, veering, three-point turn, version, move, start, starting, innings, attack, down, bat, at-bat, lead, ruff, trumping, show-stopper, showstopper, stopper, reversal, turn around, yaw, rotation, revolution, gyration, return, coming back, volution, bight, top, top of the inning, bottom, bottom of the inning, bald, interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop, turn the tables, turn the tide, commutate, switch over, exchange, correct, rectify, falsify, permute, commute, transpose, metamorphose, transfigure, transmogrify, revert, retrovert, regress, turn back, desynchronize, desynchronise, desecrate, deconsecrate, undo, wake up, awake, arouse, awaken, wake, come alive, waken, zonk out, pass out, black out, come to, revive, resuscitate, tense, tense up, relax, loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow down, reduce, melt off, lose weight, slim, slenderize, thin, slim down, gain, put on, dress, clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit out, apparel, cross-fertilize, cross-fertilise, conceive, secularize, secularise, citrate, equilibrate, fall, become, go, get, worsen, decline, better, improve, ameliorate, meliorate, disengage, overgrow, concentrate, break, acidify, acetify, alkalize, alkalise, alkalify, basify, ionize, ionise, ossify, catalyze, catalyse, get worse, relapse, fluctuate, explode, burst forth, break loose, die, decease, perish, exit, pass away, expire, pass, be born, cloud over, carbonize, carbonise, cool, chill, cool down, heat, hot up, heat up, carburize, carburise, freeze, boil, burn, combust, emaciate, Frenchify, thicken, inspissate, solvate, react, dissolve, fade out, fade away, empty, discharge, fill, fill up, homogenize, homogenise, curdle, clabber, clot, coagulate, sour, ferment, work, integrate, precipitate, calcify, coke, carnify, chondrify, emulsify, denitrify, devitrify, esterify, etherify, thrombose, open, open up, close, shut, sorb, take up, calm, calm down, cool off, chill out, simmer down, settle down, cool it, thrive, prosper, fly high, flourish, emancipate, liberate, get into, tangle with, liquefy, erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, conflagrate, indent, dent, incurvate, gnarl, crank, convolve, convolute, deflate, throw, ridge, harrow, disk, twist, flip over, turn over, turn on a dime, roll, roll over, swing around, swing about, toss, port, face, turn off, turn away, gee, about-face, caracole, corner, overturn, tip over, tump over, bend, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut, deflect, deviate, avert, turn out, splay, spread out, rotate, circumvolve, pivot, swivel, gyrate, spiral, coil, corkscrew, divert, pronate, evert, leaf, reorient, supinate, revolve, go around, come down, boil down, suffocate, choke, nucleate, come, add up, amount


Grouped Verbs: change state, become, grow, ferment, work


Entailments: dig, delve, cut into, turn over


Part Meronyms: game


Derivational Morphology: act, play, roleplay, playact, represent, change by reversal, reverse, move around, grow, change state, become, crook, curve, bend, flex, move, go, crick, rick, wrick, wrench, twist, pull, sprain, emergence, outgrowth, growth, turn of events, contrary, opposite, reversion, reversal, turnabout, turnaround, turning, zymosis, zymolysis, fermentation, fermenting, ferment, souring, deformation, contortion, bender, fold, crease, plication, flexure, crimp, spill, spillage, release, turner, turnery, plow, plough, plowing, ploughing, plowman, ploughman, plower, food turner


Anagrams: runt


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