- turn ► VERB 1) move in a circular direction wholly or partly around an axis. 2) move into a different position, especially so as to face or move in the opposite direction. 3) change in nature, state, form, or colour; make or become. 4) shape on a lathe. 5) give a graceful or elegant form to. 6) make (a profit). 7) (of the tide) change from flood to ebb or vice versa. 8) twist or sprain (an ankle). 9) (of leaves) change colour in the autumn. 10) (of milk) become sour.► NOUN 1) an act of turning. 2) a bend or curve in a road, path, river, etc. 3) a place where a road meets or branches off another; a turning. 4) a time when one period of time ends and another begins. 5) a development or change in circumstances. 6) a short walk or ride. 7) a brief feeling or experience of illness: a funny turn. 8) an opportunity or obligation to do something that comes successively to each of a number of people. 9) a short performance, especially one of a number given by different performers. 10) one round in a coil of rope or other material.● at every turn — Cf. ↑at every turn● by turns — Cf. ↑by turns● do someone a good (or bad) turn — Cf. ↑do someone a good turn● in turn — Cf. ↑in turn● one good turn deserves another — Cf. ↑one good turn deserves another● out of turn — Cf. ↑out of turn● take turns (or take it in turns) — Cf. ↑take turns● to a turn — Cf. ↑to a turn● turn against — Cf. ↑turn against● turn away — Cf. ↑turn away● turn and turn about — Cf. ↑turn and turn about● turn down — Cf. ↑turn down● turn in — Cf. ↑turn in● turn off — Cf. ↑turn off● turn of mind — Cf. ↑turn of mind● turn of speed — Cf. ↑turn of speed● turn on — Cf. ↑turn on● turn out — Cf. ↑turn out● turn over — Cf. ↑turn over● turn round (or around) — Cf. ↑turn round● turn tail — Cf. ↑turn tail● turn to — Cf. ↑turn to● turn up — Cf. ↑turn upDERIVATIVES turner noun.ORIGIN Latin tornare, from Greek tornos 'lathe, circular movement' .
English terms dictionary. 2015.