What is the meaning of turn?


  • A circular segment of a curve.
    • usage: "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"
  • The act of changing or reversing the direction of the course.
    • usage: "he took a turn to the right"
  • Game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession. (
    • usage: "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
  • An unforeseen development.
    • usage: "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
  • A movement in a new direction.
    • usage: "the turning of the wind"
  • The act of turning away or in the opposite direction.
    • usage: "he made an abrupt turn away from her"
  • Turning or twisting around (in place. )
    • usage: "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
  • A time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else. )
    • usage: "it's my go"; "a spell of work"
  • Sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive.
  • A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program.
    • usage: "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
  • A favor for someone.
    • usage: "he did me a good turn"
  • Taking a short walk out and back.
    • usage: "we took a turn in the park"


  • Change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense.
    • usage: "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"
  • Undergo a transformation or a change of position or action.
    • usage: "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
  • Undergo a change or development.
    • usage: "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor"
  • Cause to move around or rotate.
    • usage: "turn a key"; "turn your palm this way"
  • Change to the contrary.
    • usage: "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"
  • Pass to the other side of.
    • usage: "turn the corner"; "move around the obstacle"
  • Pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become.
    • usage: "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry"
  • Let (something) fall or spill from a container.
    • usage: "turn the flour onto a plate"
  • Move around an axis or a center.
    • usage: "The wheels are turning"
  • Cause to move around a center so as to show another side of.
    • usage: "turn a page of a book"
  • To send or let go.
    • usage: "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
  • To break and turn over earth especially with a plow.
    • usage: "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring"
  • Shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel.
    • usage: "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"
  • Change color.
    • usage: "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
  • Twist suddenly so as to sprain.
    • usage: "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"
  • Cause to change or turn into something different; assume new characteristics.
    • usage: "The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him"; "The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold"
  • Accomplish by rotating.
    • usage: "turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels"
  • Get by buying and selling.
    • usage: "the company turned a good profit after a year"
  • Cause to move along an axis or into a new direction.
    • usage: "turn your face to the wall"; "turn the car around"; "turn your dance partner around"
  • Channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something.
    • usage: "The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction"; "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium"
  • Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form.
    • usage: "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar"
  • Alter the functioning or setting of.
    • usage: "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down"
  • Direct at someone.
    • usage: "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car"
  • Have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to.
    • usage: "She called on her Representative to help her"; "She turned to her relatives for help"
  • Go sour or spoil.
    • usage: "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned-we have to throw it out"
  • Become officially one year older.
    • usage: "She is turning 50 this year"
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APAWordNet. (2010). turn. Retrieved October 18, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/turn/definitions/1189872
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