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Synonyms of turn in English:


  • 1 the wheels were still turning
    go round, revolve, rotate, spin, go round and round, go round in circles, roll, circle, wheel, whirl, twirl, gyrate, swivel, spiral, pivot
  • 2 I turned and headed back the way I had come
    change direction, turn round, change course, make a U-turn, reverse direction;
    swing round, wheel round, turn about
  • 3 the BMW turned the corner and vanished from sight
    go round, pass round, sweep round, round;
    negotiate, take
  • 4 a narrow path that turned alternately to right and left
  • 5 he turned his pistol on Laidlaw
  • 6 Wright turned his ankle in the first minute of the game
  • 7 their dream honeymoon turned into a nightmare
    become, develop into, prove to be, turn out to be;
    change into, be transformed into, metamorphose into
  • 8 Emmeline turned pale
    become, go, grow, get, come to be
  • 9 he turned the house into three flats
    adapt, modify, rebuild, reconstruct, refashion, remake, make over, restyle
  • 10 I've just turned forty
  • 11 the milk had turned
    go/become sour, go off, sour, curdle, become rancid, go bad, spoil, taint
  • 12 in 1959, he turned to politics
    take up, become/get involved with, involve oneself in, begin to participate in, go in for, enter, become interested in, start doing, undertake
    [Antonyms] give up, drop
  • 13 we can now turn to another aspect of the problem
    move on to, go on to, begin to consider, turn one's attention to, attend to, address/apply oneself to;
    pick up, take up, refer to
  • 14 she turned a clumsy somersault
  • 15 wooden objects turned on a lathe
  • Phrases

    turn against someone

    people had turned against him
    [Antonyms] take someone's part, stand up for
    become hostile to, take a dislike to, become unsympathetic to, become disenchanted with, become disillusioned with

    turn someone against someone else

    Helen turned him against his father
    [Antonyms] reconcile
    make hostile to, set against, cause to dislike, cause to be unfriendly towards, prejudice against, influence against;

    turn someone away

    reporters were turned away from the college
    [Antonyms] admit
    refuse admittance to, send away;
    reject, rebuff, repel, cold-shoulder
    informalsend packing, give someone the brush-off

    turn back

    they turned back before reaching the church
    [Antonyms] continue, carry on
    retrace one's steps, go back, return;

    turn someone/something back

    demonstrators attempted to storm the naval base, but were turned back by police
    repulse, drive back, fight back, force back, beat back, beat off, put to flight, repel

    turn someone/something down

  • 1 his novel was turned down by publisher after publisher
    informalgive the thumbs down to, give the red light to
    British informalknock back
    [Antonyms] accept
  • 2 Pete turned the sound down
    reduce, lower, decrease, lessen;
    muffle, mute
    [Antonyms] turn up
  • turn in

    informal I think I'll turn in
    go to bed, retire, call it a day, go to sleep
    British informalgo up the stairs to Bedfordshire

    turn someone in

    she turned her husband in to the police
    hand over, turn over;
    informalsplit on, blow the whistle on, rat on, peach on, squeal on, squeak on
    British informalgrass on, sneak on, shop
    North American informalrat out, drop a/the dime on, finger
    Australian/New Zealand informaldob on, pimp on, pool, shelf, put someone's pot on

    turn something in

  • 1 the documents must be turned in at a licensing office
    hand in/over, give in, submit, tender, proffer, offer;
    return, give back, surrender, give up
  • 2 he turned in a score of 199 not out
    achieve, attain, reach, make;
    notch up, chalk up, rack up, register, record
  • turn off

    they turned off the main road
    [Antonyms] join
    leave, branch off;
    take a side road, take another road
    informalmake/take a left/right
    North American informalhang a left/right

    turn someone off

    informal most people were turned off by the extreme sentimentality of the film
    [Antonyms] attract, arouse
    disenchant, alienate;
    North American informalgross out

    turn something off

    she turned the light off and lay back on the bed
    [Antonyms] turn on
    informalkill, cut

    turn on

    the decision turned on a principle of civil law
    depend on, rest on, hang on, hinge on, be contingent on, be decided by;
    concern, revolve round, relate to

    turn someone on

    [Antonyms] leave someone cold
    arouse, sexually arouse, excite, stimulate, make someone feel sexually excited, make someone feel sexy, titillate;
    please, attract
    informalgive someone a thrill, get someone going, float someone's boat, do it for someone, light someone's fire, tickle someone's fancy

    turn something on

    she turned on the TV
    [Antonyms] turn off
    switch on, put on, power up, flick on;
    start up, boot up, activate, cause to operate

    turn on someone

    he turned on her with cold savagery
    attack, set on, fall on, launch an attack on, let fly at, lash out at, hit out at;
    weigh into, round on, lose one's temper with
    British informalhave a go at
    North American informallight into

    turn out

  • 1 a huge crowd turned out to cheer the home team
    come, go, be present, attend, put in an appearance, appear, turn up, arrive;
    assemble, gather
    informalshow up
  • 2 it turned out that she had been two-timing him
    transpire, prove to be the case, emerge, come to light, become known, become apparent, be revealed, be disclosed
  • 3 things didn't quite turn out as I'd intended
    happen, occur, come about;
    develop, evolve;
    informalpan out
  • turn someone out

    her father turned her out of the house
    expel, oust, drive out, force out, drum out;
    informalkick out, chuck out, send packing, boot out, defenestrate, show someone the door, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear
    British informalturf out

    turn something out

  • 1 he turned out the light
    [Antonyms] turn on
  • 2 the firm turns out a million meters a year
  • 3 she had taken it into her head to turn out the kitchen cupboards
  • turn over

    the little dinghy turned over on the lake

    turn something over

  • 1 I quickly turned over the first few pages
  • 2 she turned the proposal over in her mind
    think about, think over, consider, weigh up, ponder, contemplate, reflect on, chew over, mull over, muse on, ruminate on, give thought to
    archaicpore on
  • 3 he turned over the retail side of the business to his brother
    transfer, hand over, pass on, give, consign, assign, commit
  • turn over a new leaf

    See leaf

    turn someone's stomach

    the sight of all that blood turned her stomach
    nauseate, cause to feel sick, cause to feel nauseous, sicken, make sick, make someone's gorge rise, make someone's stomach rise
    informalmake someone want to throw up

    turn tail

    See tail

    turn to someone/something

  • 1 they turned to the social services
    seek help from, have recourse to, approach, apply to, look to, appeal to
  • 2 he turned to drink
    take to, resort to, have recourse to
    [Antonyms] give up, abstain from
  • turn up

  • 1 all the missing documents had turned up
    be found, be discovered, be located, come to light;
    [Antonyms] disappear, go missing
  • 2 a couple of policemen turned up
    [Antonyms] stay away
  • 3 wait and see—something better will turn up
    present itself, occur, happen, crop up
  • turn something up

  • 1 she turned up the volume
    increase, raise, amplify, make louder, intensify
    [Antonyms] turn down
  • 2 they turned up a bit of information about his life
  • 3 I had turned up the hem of my skirt
    take up, raise;
    [Antonyms] let down
  • noun

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  • 1 a turn of the wheel
    rotation, revolution, spin, circle, whirl, twirl, gyration, swivel
  • 2 the vehicle slowed and made a turn to the left
    change of direction, change of course, turning, veer, divergence
  • 3 they negotiated the sharp turn at the end of the narrow street
    bend, corner, dog-leg, twist, zigzag;
    British hairpin bend
  • 4 slow down, we're approaching the turn
    North American turnout
  • 5 you'll get your turn in a minute
    stint, spell, time;
    informalgo, shot, stab, crack
  • 6 a highly entertaining comic turn
    act, routine, performance, number, piece;
  • 7 why don't you take a turn around the garden?
  • 8 you gave me quite a turn!
    shock, start, surprise, jolt;
  • 9 she had done me some good turns over the previous few months
    service, deed, act, action;
    (a good turn)favour, act of kindness, kindness;
    (a bad turn)disservice, wrong, harm, injury
  • Phrases

    at every turn

    her name seemed to come up at every turn
    repeatedly, recurrently, all the time, always, continually, constantly, on every occasion, again and again, over and over again

    in turn

    let's consider these three points in turn

    take a turn for the better

    his fortunes took a turn for the better in 1988
    recover, revive

    take a turn for the worse

    Anglo-French relations had taken a turn for the worse
    deteriorate, get/grow worse, worsen, decline, retrogress
    informalgo downhill

    to a turn

    beefburgers done to a turn
    perfectly, just right, exactly right, to perfection
    informalto a T

    turn of events

    she was utterly unprepared for this turn of events

    turn of mind

    those of us of a less scientific turn of mind
    bent, disposition, inclination, tendency, propensity, bias, way of thinking;
    aptitude, talent, gift, flair

    turn of phrase

    it's not exactly a turn of phrase that trips off the tongue
    expression, idiom, choice of words;

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