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  1. To move round; to have a circular motion; to be directed; to move the body round; to move; to revolve; to deviate; to be changed; to change; to become giddy; to change a course of life; to repent. To turn about, to move the face to another quarter. To turn away, to deviate. To turn in, to bend inward; to go to bed. To turn off, to deviate from a course. To turn on, to reply or retort. To turn out, to move from its place; to rise from bed; to prove in the result. To turn over, to turn from side to side; to tumble; to change sides. To turn to, to be directed. To turn under, to bend or be folded downward. To turn up, to bend or be doubled upward. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To move or go round; revolve; rotate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To change; alter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To shape in a lathe; round. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To give or take a new direction; reverse; incline; bend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To make a turn about or around (something); to go or pass around by turning; as, to turn a corner. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To make to revolve or go round, as a wheel; to do by means of a revolving motion, as a handspring; to change the direction or position of; to change from one state to another, as milk into butter; upset; as, success has turned her head; to cause to become; to nauseate; to guide or direct; to give into the hands of another; with over; to bend or fold up, down, or over, as the leaf of a book; to go around; as to turn a corner; to shape in circular form, as by holding a revolving piece of wood against a sharp edge , or lathe; hence , to make or mold; as, he turns many a pretty compliment; to revolve in the mind; as, he turned the plan in every direction; to ponder; translate. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To cause to revolve: to reverse: to change the position or the direction of: to make to nauseate, to make giddy: direct the mind to: infatuate or make mad: to cause to return with profit: to transfer: to convert: to form in a lathe: to shape. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To form in a lathe; cause to revolve; reverse; transfer; employ; convert. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To have a circular motion; revolve; become; be changed; to start in especially to revolt; to depend; as, my action turns on yours; to incline to one side or the other; said of scales; hinge; to change from ebb to flow or from flow to ebb; said of the tide; to become spoiled, acid, or sour, as milk; to be nauseated, as the stomach; to become dizzy; as, my head turns; to result. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To whirl round: to hinge: to depend: to issue: to take a different direction or tendency: to become by a change: to be turned in a lathe: to sour: to become giddy: to be nauseated: to change from ebb to flow or from flow to ebb: to become inclined in the other direction. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To revolve; move round; depend; issue; bechanged; sour. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her"; "She turned to her relatives for help" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. change to the contrary; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. twist suddenly so as to sprain; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. To cause to move in a circular course; to change or shift sides; to change or transform; to metamorphose; to put upside down to alter position, as the posture of the body; to form on a lathe; to shape; to translate; to transfer; to cause to nauseate; to make giddy; to infatuate; to direct; to revolve; to move from a direct course or straight line; to cause to deviate; to reverse; to make acid; to sour, as wines; to dissuade from a purpose or cause to change sides. To turn aside, to avert. To turn away, to dismiss; to avert. To turn down, to fold or double down. To turn in, to fold or double. To turn off, to dismis contemptuously; to deflect. To be turned to be advanced beyond. To turn out, to expel; to put forth. To turn over, to change sides; to transfer; to overset. To turn to, to have recourse to. To turn upon, to retort. To turn the back, to flee. To turn the back upon, to quit with contempt; to for sake. To turn the die, to change fortune. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To cause to go round; to move round; to move from a direct course or straight line; to change the direction of; to change or alter; to reverse; to put the upper side downwards; to form or shape, as by means of a lathe; to translate, as from one language to another; to transform; to cause to loathe; to bewilder or make mad, as, it has turned his brain; to expel, as, to turn him out of doors; to direct, as the inclination or thoughts; to cause to change, as a party or principle; to change, as a course of life; to revolve in the mind; to make sour, as a liquor. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. taking a short walk out and back; "we took a turn in the park" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. turning away or in the opposite direction; "he made an abrupt turn away from her" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive Wordnet Dictionary DB
  33. pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  34. become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  37. alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  38. cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  39. let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  40. shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  41. to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  42. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  43. 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 millenium" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  44. to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  45. cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key"; "turn your palm this way" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  46. move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  47. get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  48. accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  49. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  50. To cause to present a different side uppermost or outmost; to make the upper side the lower, or the inside to be the outside of; to reverse the position of; as, to turn a box or a board; to turn a coat. Newage Dictionary DB
  51. To give another direction, tendency, or inclination to; to direct otherwise; to deflect; to incline differently; -- used both literally and figuratively; as, to turn the eyes to the heavens; to turn a horse from the road, or a ship from her course; to turn the attention to or from something. Newage Dictionary DB
  52. To change from a given use or office; to divert, as to another purpose or end; to transfer; to use or employ; to apply; to devote. Newage Dictionary DB
  53. To change the form, quality, aspect, or effect of; to alter; to metamorphose; to convert; to transform; -- often with to or into before the word denoting the effect or product of the change; as, to turn a worm into a winged insect; to turn green to blue; to turn prose into verse; to turn a Whig to a Tory, or a Hindu to a Christian; to turn good to evil, and the like. Newage Dictionary DB
  54. To form in a lathe; to shape or fashion (anything) by applying a cutting tool to it while revolving; as, to turn the legs of stools or tables; to turn ivory or metal. Newage Dictionary DB
  55. Hence, to give form to; to shape; to mold; to put in proper condition; to adapt. Newage Dictionary DB
  56. To translate; to construe; as, to turn the Iliad. Newage Dictionary DB
  57. To make acid or sour; to ferment; to curdle, etc.: as, to turn cider or wine; electricity turns milk quickly. Newage Dictionary DB
  58. To sicken; to nauseate; as, an emetic turns one's stomach. Newage Dictionary DB
  59. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  60. Hence, to revolve as if upon a point of support; to hinge; to depend; as, the decision turns on a single fact. Newage Dictionary DB
  61. To result or terminate; to come about; to eventuate; to issue. Newage Dictionary DB
  62. To be deflected; to take a different direction or tendency; to be directed otherwise; to be differently applied; to be transferred; as, to turn from the road. Newage Dictionary DB
  63. To be changed, altered, or transformed; to become transmuted; also, to become by a change or changes; to grow; as, wood turns to stone; water turns to ice; one color turns to another; to turn Mohammedan. Newage Dictionary DB
  64. To undergo the process of turning on a lathe; as, ivory turns well. Newage Dictionary DB
  65. To become acid; to sour; -- said of milk, ale, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  66. To become giddy; -- said of the head or brain. Newage Dictionary DB
  67. To be nauseated; -- said of the stomach. Newage Dictionary DB
  68. To become inclined in the other direction; -- said of scales. Newage Dictionary DB
  69. To change from ebb to flow, or from flow to ebb; -- said of the tide. Newage Dictionary DB
  70. To bring down the feet of a child in the womb, in order to facilitate delivery. Newage Dictionary DB
  71. To invert a type of the same thickness, as temporary substitute for any sort which is exhausted. Newage Dictionary DB
  72. The act of turning; movement or motion about, or as if about, a center or axis; revolution; as, the turn of a wheel. Newage Dictionary DB
  73. Change of direction, course, or tendency; different order, position, or aspect of affairs; alteration; vicissitude; as, the turn of the tide. Newage Dictionary DB
  74. One of the successive portions of a course, or of a series of occurrences, reckoning from change to change; hence, a winding; a bend; a meander. Newage Dictionary DB
  75. A circuitous walk, or a walk to and fro, ending where it began; a short walk; a stroll. Newage Dictionary DB
  76. Successive course; opportunity enjoyed by alternation with another or with others, or in due order; due chance; alternate or incidental occasion; appropriate time. Newage Dictionary DB
  77. Incidental or opportune deed or office; occasional act of kindness or malice; as, to do one an ill turn. Newage Dictionary DB
  78. Convenience; occasion; purpose; exigence; as, this will not serve his turn. Newage Dictionary DB
  79. Form; cast; shape; manner; fashion; -- used in a literal or figurative sense; hence, form of expression; mode of signifying; as, the turn of thought; a man of a sprightly turn in conversation. Newage Dictionary DB
  80. A change of condition; especially, a sudden or recurring symptom of illness, as a nervous shock, or fainting spell; as, a bad turn. Newage Dictionary DB
  81. A fall off the ladder at the gallows; a hanging; -- so called from the practice of causing the criminal to stand on a ladder which was turned over, so throwing him off, when the signal was given. Newage Dictionary DB
  82. A round of a rope or cord in order to secure it, as about a pin or a cleat. Newage Dictionary DB
  83. A pit sunk in some part of a drift. Newage Dictionary DB
  84. A court of record, held by the sheriff twice a year in every hundred within his county. Newage Dictionary DB
  85. Monthly courses; menses. Newage Dictionary DB
  86. An embellishment or grace (marked thus, /), commonly consisting of the principal note, or that on which the turn is made, with the note above, and the semitone below, the note above being sounded first, the principal note next, and the semitone below last, the three being performed quickly, as a triplet preceding the marked note. The turn may be inverted so as to begin with the lower note, in which case the sign is either placed on end thus /, or drawn thus /. Newage Dictionary DB
  87. The act of revolving; circular motion, as of a wheel; a bend or curve; as, a turn of the road; change of direction; a good or evil act; as, to do a good turn; a single twist of a rope about a post; a critical change in the progress of a disease; colloquially, startling surprise or shock; a short walk for air and exercise; time for some act which one does in rotation with others; special purpose; tendency; bent; a charcacteristic growing out of a particular cast of mind, thought, etc.; a short stage piece or act. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  88. Act of turning: new direction, or tendency: a walk to and fro: change: a winding: a bend: from: manner: opportunity, convenience: act of kindness or malice. -TURNER. BY TURNS, one after another, alternately. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  89. Act of turning: new direction: change: act. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  90. The act of turning; a change; variation; rotation; revolution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  91. A round; spell. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  92. Shape or form; mold; disposition. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  93. An embellishment formed by playing a note and the accessory notes above and below it. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  94. The act of turning; a revolution; a winding; a bend or bending; a walk to and fro; change; change of direction; chance; hap; incidental opportunity; form, shape or manner; act of kindness or malice; new position of things; a pit sunk in some part of a drift. By turns, alternately. To take turns, to take each other's places alternately. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  95. A movement in a circular direction; a bend, as in a road; the twist of a rope round a dent or belaying-pin; a walk to and fro; a change; change of direction; opportunity; convenience, use, or purpose; that which comes to one by rotation or in the course of duty; a good or evil act; form or cast, as the turn of a sentence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for turn

  1. The two men turn and look at her. – The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays by Various
  2. And yet, although, here my story may seem to matter- of- fact persons to take a turn towards the fantastic, this was not quite all. – The Golden Scarecrow by Hugh Walpole
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