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Dictionary definition for: Turn

1. (v) 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. (n) a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road" "a crook in the path"

3. (v) undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice" "Her former friend became her worst enemy" "He turned traitor"

4. (n) the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right"

5. (v) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

6. (n) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn" "it is still my play"

7. (n) an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn"

8. (v) cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key" "turn your palm this way"

9. (n) a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind"

10. (v) pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty" "She grew angry"

11. (v) to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor''s mansion"

12. (n) turning away or in the opposite direction; "he made an abrupt turn away from her"

13. (v) pass to the other side of; "turn the corner" "move around the obstacle"

14. (n) turning or twisting around (in place) "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"

15. (v) move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning"

16. (n) a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) "it''s my go" "a spell of work"

17. (v) cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book"

18. (n) (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive

19. (v) change to the contrary; "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"

20. (n) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening" "she had a catchy little routine" "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"

21. (v) to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week" "turn the earth in the Spring"

22. (n) a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn"

23. (v) change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"

24. (n) taking a short walk out and back; "we took a turn in the park"

25. (v) 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"

26. (v) let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate"

27. (v) twist suddenly so as to sprain; "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"

28. (v) shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table" "turn the clay on the wheel"

29. (v) go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured" "The wine worked" "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

30. (v) accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault" "turn cartwheels"

31. (v) get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year"

32. (v) 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"

33. (v) 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 millenium"

34. (v) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod" "twist the dough into a braid" "the strong man could turn an iron bar"

35. (v) alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10" "turn the heat down"

36. (v) direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me" "They turned their flashlights on the car"

37. (v) have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her" "She turned to her relatives for help"

38. (v) become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year"

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