Definition of turn something over in English:

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turn something over

1Cause an engine to run: remember to turn the engine over occasionally in the cold weather
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  • Inside, pausing to wipe and polish my spectacles before I turned the engine over and drove home, I listened to the faint sounds of water running off the car and dripping down to the pavement.
  • I turned the engine over.
  • We have turned the engine over with the help of a battery.
2Transfer control or management of something to someone else: a plan to turn the pub over to a new manager
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  • I don't see the merit of turning any control over to him in the near future.
  • The county can't do the job itself, and plans to turn the hospital over to a private management team.
  • They have decided to dodge responsibility for the company by turning its management over to states and private entities.
transfer, hand over, pass on, give, consign, assign, commit
3Change the function or use of something: the works was turned over to the production of aircraft parts
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  • The three cardboard boxes exploded components all over the kitchen work surfaces and into the dining room, where the table was turned over to an assembly bench.
  • The base was turned over to be a civilian operation.
  • A strip of countryside either side of a country road has been turned over to housing.
4 informal Rob a place: what about that girl’s bedroom that got turned over?
5(Of a business) have a turnover of a specified amount: last year the company turned over £12 million
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  • He said Concorde, founded 25 years ago which turns over around £3.5 million a year, was enjoying great success in the spooling market.
  • AWG Developments, which turns over in excess of £150m per year, employs around 200 people, mainly in Scotland.
  • This already turns over £45m and employs 80 people.
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