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Definition of "turn" []

  • To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening: turn the key; turn a screw. (verb-transitive)
  • 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-transitive)
  • To perform or accomplish by rotating or revolving: turn a somersault. (verb-transitive)
  • To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side: turn the steak; turn a page. (verb-transitive)
  • To move or cause to move around an axis (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To change or cause to change positions by moving through an arc of a circle (verb)
  • To change or cause to change in course, direction, etc (verb)
  • (of soldiers, ships, etc) to alter the direction of advance by changing direction simultaneously or (of a commander) to cause the direction of advance to be altered simultaneously (verb)
  • To go or pass to the other side of (a corner, etc) (verb)
  • To assume or cause to assume a rounded, curved, or folded form (verb)
  • To reverse or cause to reverse position (verb)
  • To pass round (an enemy or enemy position) so as to attack it from the flank or rear (verb)
  • To perform or do by a rotating movement (verb)
  • To shape or cut a thread in (a workpiece, esp one of metal, wood, or plastic) by rotating it on a lathe against a fixed cutting tool (verb)
  • To change or convert or be changed or converted (verb)
  • To change or cause to change in nature, character, etc (verb)
  • To change so as to become (verb)
  • To cause (foliage, etc) to change colour or (of foliage, etc) to change colour (verb)
  • To cause (milk, etc) to become rancid or sour or (of milk, etc) to become rancid or sour (verb)
  • To change or cause to change in subject, trend, etc (verb)
  • To direct or apply or be directed or applied (verb)
  • To appeal or apply (to) for help, advice, etc (verb)
  • To reach, pass, or progress beyond in age, time, etc (verb)
  • To cause or allow to go (verb)
  • To affect or be affected with nausea (verb)
  • To affect or be affected with giddiness (verb)
  • To affect the mental or emotional stability of (esp in the phrase turn (someone's) head) (verb)
  • To release from a container (verb)
  • To render into another language (verb)
  • To transfer or reverse or cause to transfer or reverse (one's loyalties, affections, etc) (verb)
  • To cause (an enemy agent) to become a double agent working for one's own side (verb)
  • To bring (soil) from lower layers to the surface (verb)
  • To blunt (an edge) or (of an edge) to become blunted (verb)
  • To give a graceful form to (verb)
  • To reverse (a cuff, collar, etc) in order to hide the outer worn side (verb)
  • To be merchandised as specified (verb)
  • To spin (the ball) or (of the ball) to spin (verb)
  • An act or instance of turning or the state of being turned or the material turned (noun)
  • A movement of complete or partial rotation (noun)
  • A change or reversal of direction or position (noun)
  • Direction or drift (noun)
  • A deviation or departure from a course or tendency (noun)
  • The place, point, or time at which a deviation or change occurs (noun)
  • The right or opportunity to do something in an agreed order or succession (noun)
  • A change in nature, condition, etc (noun)
  • A period of action, work, etc (noun)
  • A short walk, ride, or excursion (noun)
  • Natural inclination (noun)
  • Distinctive form or style (noun)
  • Requirement, need, or advantage (noun)
  • A deed performed that helps or hinders someone (noun)
  • A twist, bend, or distortion in shape (noun)
  • A melodic ornament that makes a turn around a note, beginning with the note above, in a variety of sequences (noun)
  • A short theatrical act, esp in music hall, cabaret, etc (noun)
  • The difference between a market maker's bid and offer prices, representing the market maker's profit (noun)
  • A transaction including both a purchase and a sale (noun)
  • A military manoeuvre in which men or ships alter their direction of advance together (noun)
  • A party (noun)
  • A shock or surprise (noun)

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Use "turn" in a sentence
  • "When I turn on the coffee machine in the morning it is intentional under the description of ˜turn on the coffee machine™ that's what I intend to do."
  • ""_Let us_ turn to survey," &c.; the verbs, _be enacted, be blessed, turn_, &c. according to an idiom of our language, or the poet's license, are used in the _imperative_, agreeing with a nominative of the first or third person."
  • ""My soul, turn from them: -- _turn we_ to survey," &c."