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turned Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. verb undergo a change or development
    become; turn.
    • The water turned into ice
    • Her former friend became her worst enemy
    • He turned traitor
  4. verb cause to move around or rotate
    • turn a key
    • turn your palm this way
  5. 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
  6. verb pass to the other side of
    turn; move around.
    • turn the corner
    • move around the obstacle
  7. verb pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
    turn; grow.
    • The weather turned nasty
    • She grew angry
  8. verb let (something) fall or spill from a container
    release; turn.
    • turn the flour onto a plate
  9. verb move around an axis or a center
    • The wheels are turning
  10. verb cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
    turn; turn over.
    • turn a page of a book
  11. verb to send or let go
    • They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. verb change color
    • In Vermont, the leaves turn early
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. verb accomplish by rotating
    • turn a somersault
    • turn cartwheels
  18. verb get by buying and selling
    • the company turned a good profit after a year
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. verb alter the functioning or setting of
    • turn the dial to 10
    • turn the heat down
  23. verb direct at someone
    • She turned a smile on me
    • They turned their flashlights on the car
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. verb become officially one year older
    • She is turning 50 this year
  27. adjective moved around an axis or center
  28. adjective satellite in an unpalatable state
    sour; off.
    • sour milk

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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