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turn verb
1. (move) 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"
2. (move) cause to move around or rotate
  • "turn a key"
  • "turn your palm this way"
3. (travel) pass to the other side of
Related: move_around
  • "turn the corner"
  • "move around the obstacle"
4. (change) pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
Related: grow
  • "The weather turned nasty"
  • "She grew angry"
5. (transmit) let (something) fall or spill from a container
Related: release
  • "turn the flour onto a plate"
6. (move) move around an axis or a center
  • "The wheels are turning"
7. (move) cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
Related: turn_over
  • "turn a page of a book"
8. (send) to send or let go
  • "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
9. (shape) shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
  • "turn the legs of the table"
  • "turn the clay on the wheel"
10. (turn) change color
  • "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
11. (change) 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"
12. (do) accomplish by rotating
  • "turn a somersault"
  • "turn cartwheels"
13. (get) get by buying and selling
  • "the company turned a good profit after a year"
14. (move) 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"
15. (send) 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 millennium"
16. (operate) alter the functioning or setting of
  • "turn the dial to 10"
  • "turn the heat down"
17. (aim) direct at someone
  • "She turned a smile on me"
  • "They turned their flashlights on the car"
18. (senesce) become officially one year older
  • "She is turning 50 this year"
turn noun
1. (change_of_course) the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course
Related: turning
  • "he took a turn to the right"
2. (activity) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
Related: play
  • "it is my turn"
  • "it is still my play"
3. (development) an unforeseen development
Related: turn_of_events, twist
  • "events suddenly took an awkward turn"
4. (change_of_direction) the act of turning away or in the opposite direction
  • "he made an abrupt turn away from her"
5. (part) (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
Related: bout, round
6. (favor) a favor for someone
Related: good_turn
  • "he did me a good turn"
7. (walk) taking a short walk out and back
  • "we took a turn in the park"
go noun
1. (shift) a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
Related: spell, tour, turn
  • "it's my go"
  • "a spell of work"
become verb
1. (transform) undergo a change or development
Related: turn
  • "The water turned into ice"
  • "Her former friend became her worst enemy"
  • "He turned traitor"
act noun
1. (performance) a short performance that is part of a longer program
Related: routine, number, turn, bit
  • "he did his act three times every evening"
  • "she had a catchy little routine"
  • "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
turning noun
1. (movement) a movement in a new direction
Related: turn
  • "the turning of the wind"
bend noun
1. (curve) a circular segment of a curve
Related: crook, twist, turn
  • "a bend in the road"
  • "a crook in the path"
twist verb
1. (injure) twist suddenly so as to sprain
Related: sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick
  • "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"
twist noun
1. (rotation) turning or twisting around (in place)
Related: turn
  • "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"
sour verb
1. (change_state) go sour or spoil
Related: turn, ferment, work
  • "The milk has soured"
  • "The wine worked"
  • "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
plow verb
1. (till) to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
Related: plough, turn
  • "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"
  • "turn the earth in the Spring"
flex verb
1. (change_shape) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
Related: bend, deform, twist, turn
Antonyms: unbend
  • "bend the rod"
  • "twist the dough into a braid"
  • "the strong man could turn an iron bar"
change_state verb
1. (change) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
Related: turn
  • "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"
  • "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
change_by_reversal verb
1. (change) change to the contrary
Related: turn, reverse
  • "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"
call_on verb
1. (appeal) have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
Related: turn
  • "She called on her Representative to help her"
  • "She turned to her relatives for help"
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