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  Definition of turn back
  1. go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
  2. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
  3. force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings; "Drive away potential burglars"; "drive away bad thoughts"; "dispel doubts"; "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
  4. retrace one''s course; "The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"
Similar Words: revert, return, retrovert, regress, check, arrest, stop, contain, hold back, chase away, drive out, drive away, dispel, drive off, run off, backtrack, double back

 

Hyponyms: relapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress, fall back, resile, recover, go back, recuperate, cut down, cut out, frighten, fire, clear the air, banish, shoo off, shoo, shoo away

 

Grouped Verbs: rout out, drive out, force out, rouse

 

Derivational Morphology: regression, regress, reversion, retrogression, retroversion, return, coming back, backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reverting, containment, catch, stop

 

 
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