verb 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
verb undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
turn; change state.
- We turned from Socialism to Capitalism
- The people turned against the President when he stole the election
verb undergo a change or development
- The water turned into ice
- Her former friend became her worst enemy
- He turned traitor
verb cause to move around or rotate
- turn a key
- turn your palm this way
verb change to the contrary
turn; change by reversal; reverse.
- 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
verb pass to the other side of
turn; move around.
- turn the corner
- move around the obstacle
verb pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
- The weather turned nasty
- She grew angry
verb let (something) fall or spill from a container
- turn the flour onto a plate
verb move around an axis or a center
verb cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
turn; turn over.
verb to send or let go
- They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion
verb to break and turn over earth especially with a plow
turn; plow; plough.
- Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week
- turn the earth in the Spring
verb shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
- turn the legs of the table
- turn the clay on the wheel
verb change color
- In Vermont, the leaves turn early
verb twist suddenly so as to sprain
twist; turn; rick; wrick; sprain; wrench.
- 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
verb 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
verb accomplish by rotating
- turn a somersault
- turn cartwheels
verb get by buying and selling
- the company turned a good profit after a year
verb cause to move along an axis or into a new direction
- turn your face to the wall
- turn the car around
- turn your dance partner around
verb 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 millennium
verb cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
twist; flex; turn; bend; deform.
- bend the rod
- twist the dough into a braid
- the strong man could turn an iron bar
verb alter the functioning or setting of
- turn the dial to 10
- turn the heat down
verb direct at someone
- She turned a smile on me
- They turned their flashlights on the car
verb have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to
turn; call on.
- She called on her Representative to help her
- She turned to her relatives for help
verb go sour or spoil
ferment; turn; sour; work.
- The milk has soured
- The wine worked
- The cream has turned--we have to throw it out
verb become officially one year older
- She is turning 50 this year
adjective moved around an axis or center
adjective satellite in an unpalatable state
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
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