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turn

noun (n)

  • a circular segment of a curve (noun.shape)
    Synonym: bend, crook, twist
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course (noun.act)
    Synonym: turning
    Example:
    He took a turn to the right.
    source: wordnet30
  • (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession (noun.act)
    Synonym: play
    Example:
    It is my turn.
    source: wordnet30
  • an unforeseen development (noun.event)
    Example:
    Events suddenly took an awkward turn.
    source: wordnet30
  • a movement in a new direction (noun.event)
    Example:
    The turning of the wind.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of turning away or in the opposite direction (noun.act)
    Example:
    He made an abrupt turn away from her.
    source: wordnet30
  • turning or twisting around (in place) (noun.act)
    Synonym: twist
    source: wordnet30
  • a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) (noun.time)
    Synonym: go, spell, tour
    source: wordnet30
  • (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive (noun.time)
    Synonym: bout, round
    source: wordnet30
  • a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program (noun.communication)
    Synonym: act, bit, number, routine
    source: wordnet30
  • a favor for someone (noun.act)
    Synonym: good turn
    Example:
    He did me a good turn.
    source: wordnet30
  • taking a short walk out and back (noun.act)
    Example:
    We took a turn in the park.
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of turning; movement or motion about, or as if about, a center or axis; revolution; as, the turn of a wheel. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense (verb.motion)
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • undergo a transformation or a change of position or action (verb.change)
    Synonym: change state
    Example:
    We turned from Socialism to Capitalism.
    The people turned against the President when he stole the election.
    source: wordnet30
  • undergo a change or development (verb.stative)
    Synonym: become
    Example:
    The water turned into ice.
    He turned traitor.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to move around or rotate (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Turn a key.
    Turn your palm this way.
    source: wordnet30
  • change to the contrary (verb.change)
    Example:
    The tides turned against him.
    Public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern.
    source: wordnet30
  • pass to the other side of (verb.motion)
    Synonym: move around
    Example:
    Turn the corner.
    source: wordnet30
  • pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become (verb.change)
    Synonym: grow
    Example:
    The weather turned nasty.
    source: wordnet30
  • let (something) fall or spill from a container (verb.contact)
    Synonym: release
    Example:
    Turn the flour onto a plate.
    source: wordnet30
  • move around an axis or a center (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The wheels are turning.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to move around a center so as to show another side of (verb.motion)
    Synonym: turn over
    Example:
    Turn a page of a book.
    source: wordnet30
  • to send or let go (verb.motion)
    Example:
    They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion.
    source: wordnet30
  • to break and turn over earth especially with a plow (verb.creation)
    Synonym: plough, plow
    Example:
    Turn the earth in the Spring.
    source: wordnet30
  • shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Turn the legs of the table.
    Turn the clay on the wheel.
    source: wordnet30
  • change color (verb.change)
    Example:
    In Vermont, the leaves turn early.
    source: wordnet30
  • twist suddenly so as to sprain (verb.body)
    Synonym: rick, sprain, twist, wrench, wrick
    Example:
    I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics (verb.stative)
    Example:
    The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him.
    The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold.
    source: wordnet30
  • accomplish by rotating (verb.social)
    Example:
    Turn a somersault.
    Turn cartwheels.
    source: wordnet30
  • get by buying and selling (verb.possession)
    Example:
    The company turned a good profit after a year.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to move along an axis or into a new direction (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Turn your face to the wall.
    Turn the car around.
    Turn your dance partner around.
    source: wordnet30
  • channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something (verb.motion)
    Example:
    The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction.
    People turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form (verb.contact)
    Synonym: bend, deform, flex, twist
    Antonym: unbend
    Example:
    The strong man could turn an iron bar.
    source: wordnet30
  • alter the functioning or setting of (verb.contact)
    Example:
    Turn the dial to 10.
    Turn the heat down.
    source: wordnet30
  • direct at someone (verb.competition)
    Example:
    She turned a smile on me.
    They turned their flashlights on the car.
    source: wordnet30
  • have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to (verb.communication)
    Synonym: call on
    Example:
    She turned to her relatives for help.
    source: wordnet30
  • go sour or spoil (verb.change)
    Synonym: ferment, sour, work
    Example:
    The cream has turned--we have to throw it out.
    source: wordnet30
  • become officially one year older (verb.change)
    Example:
    She is turning 50 this year.
    source: wordnet30
  • To cause to move upon a center, or as if upon a center; to give circular motion to; to cause to revolve; to cause to move round, either partially, wholly, or repeatedly; to make to change position so as to present other sides in given directions; to make to face otherwise; as, to turn a wheel or a spindle; to turn the body or the head. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To move round; to have a circular motion; to revolve entirely, repeatedly, or partially; to change position, so as to face differently; to whirl or wheel round; as, a wheel turns on its axis; a spindle turns on a pivot; a man turns on his heel. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To make a turn about or around (something); to go or pass around by turning; as, to turn a corner. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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