Synonyms of turn in English:



  • 2 I turned and headed back
    change direction, change course, make a U-turn, about-face, turn around/about
    informal pull a U-ey, do a one-eighty
  • 3 the car turned the corner
    go around, round, negotiate, take
  • 5 he turned his gun on Lenny
    aim at, point at, level at, direct at, train on
  • 7 their honeymoon turned into a nightmare
    become, develop into, turn out to be; be transformed into, metamorphose into, descend into, grow into
  • 9 he turned the house into apartments
    convert, change, transform, make; adapt, modify, rebuild, reconstruct
  • 10 I've just turned forty
    reach, get to, become, hit
  • 11 she turned to politics
    take up, become involved in, go into, enter, undertake
  • 12 we can now turn to another topic
    move on to, go on to, proceed to, consider, attend to, address; take up, switch to


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  • 2 a turn to the left
    change of direction, veer, divergence
  • 3 we're approaching the turn
    bend, corner, turning, turnoff, junction, crossroads
  • 5 she did me some good turns
    service, deed, act; favor, kindness


at every turn

her name seemed to come up at every turn repeatedlyrecurrentlyall the timealwaysconstantlyagain and again

in turn

let's consider these three points in turn one after the otherone by oneone at a timein successionsuccessivelysequentially

take a turn for the better

his luck took a turn for the better improvepick uplook upperk uprallyturn the cornerrecoverrevive

take a turn for the worse

even the doctors were surprised when Richie took a turn for the worse deteriorateworsendecline informalgo downhill

turn against

after his father died, Bruce turned against his stepmother become hostile totake a dislike tobetraydouble-cross

turn away

I know you're hurt, but please don't turn us away send awayrejectrebuffrepelcold-shoulder informalsend packing

turn back

just before boarding the ferry, Clint changed his mind and turned back retrace one's stepsgo backreturnretreat

turn down

  • 2.1 Pete turned the volume down
    reduce, lower, decrease, lessen; muffle, mute

turn in

  • 2.1 we turned in the entrance forms just in time
    hand in/over/back, give in, submit, surrender, give up; deliver, return
  • 3.1 I usually turn in before 10 o'clock
    go to bed, retire, go to sleep, call it a day
    informal hit the hay, hit the sack

turn of events

she was unprepared for this turn of events developmentincidentoccurrencehappeningcircumstancesurprise

turn of phrase

a clever turn of phrase expressionidiomphrasetermwordaphorism

turn off

  • 2.1 please turn off the garage lights
    switch off, shut off, turn out; extinguish; deactivate
    informal kill, cut, power down

turn on

  • 1.1 the decision turned on the law
    depend on, rest on, hinge on, be contingent on, be decided by
  • 3.1 I'll turn on the generator
    switch on, start up, activate, trip, power up

turn on to

Christie has turned me on to the health benefits of yoga introduce someone toget someone intopique someone's interest in

turn out

  • 1.1 a huge crowd turned out
    come, be present, attend, appear, turn up, arrive; assemble, gather, show up
  • 2.1 it turned out that she had been abroad
    transpire, emerge, come to light, become apparent, become clear
  • 3.1 things didn't turn out as I'd intended
    happen, occur, come about; develop, proceed; work out, come out, end up, pan out, result
    formal eventuate
  • 5.1 turn out the light
    switch off, shut off, turn off
  • 6.1 they turn out a million engines a year
    produce, make, manufacture, fabricate, generate, put out, churn out

turn over

  • 2.1 I turned over a few pages
    flip over, flick through, leaf through
  • 4.1 he turned over the business to his brother
    transfer, hand over, pass on, consign, commit

turn someone's stomach

the sight of blood turns my stomach nauseate someonesicken someonemake someone sick

turn to

I always had my grandparents to turn to seek help fromhave recourse toapproachapply toappeal totake toresort to

turn up

  • 1.1 the missing documents turned up
    be found, be discovered, be located, reappear
  • 4.1 she turned up the treble
    increase, raise, amplify, intensify

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