Synonyms of 'turn'
1 change course
He turned abruptly and walked away.
small potholes which tend to make the car veer to one side or the other
She waited for him to get up, but he didn't move.
I'm switching to a new gas supplier.
The entire pile shifted and slid, thumping onto the floor.
He reversed the position of the two stamps.
Drivers swerved to avoid the debris.
As the wheel turned, the potter shaped the clay.
The earth rotates round the sun.
The Earth spins on its own axis.
go round (and round)
The entire circle revolved slowly.
The car went off the road and rolled over into a ditch.
There were two helicopters circling around.
He wheeled around to face her.
Hold your arms straight out and twist to the right and left.
Smoke spiralled from a joss stick.
Hearing a sound behind her, she whirled round.
He swivelled round to face Sarah.
The boat pivoted on its central axis.
Several hundred people twirl around the dance floor.
The aeroplane was gyrating about in the sky in a most alarming fashion.
go round in circles
move in a circle
3 go round
The taxi turned the corner of the lane and stopped.
the corner where our street turns into the main road
Bend the bar into a horseshoe.
The track curved away below him.
The river meandered in lazy curves.
The Moselle winds through some 160 miles of tranquil countryside.
The road twists and turns between pleasant little cottages.
The road snaked through the forested mountains.
He looped the rope over the wood.
They were turning somersaults and cartwheels in the courtyard.
6 flick through
He turned the pages of a file in front of him.
She turned the house into a beautiful home.
We are trying to detect and understand how the climate changes.
the speed at which your body transforms food into energy
a handy table which converts into an ironing board
They have never altered their programmes.
Shelves were built to adapt the library for use as an office.
Overnight, the gossip begins to mutate into headlines.
She had been metamorphosed by the war.
She ceased to think as anger transmuted into passion.
They are transfigured by the healing powers of art.
The police think that things could turn nasty.
The firm will still be able to turn a modest profit.
He aimed to accumulate a million dollars before he turned thirty.
Cut the dough in half and shape each half into a loaf.
The bowl was formed out of clay.
The desk was fashioned out of oak.
This statue of Neptune is cast in bronze.
The boxes should be constructed from rough-sawn timber.
We moulded a statue out of mud.
They now make cars at two plants in Europe.
The true facts will turn your stomach.
I had to come off because I turned my ankle in the first half.
14 go bad
milk starting to turn in the refrigerator
15 make rancid
They are stupid and ugly enough to turn milk.
16 change sides
The rear sprocket will turn only twice for one turn of the pedals.
the daily rotation of the earth upon its axis
the necessary cycle of birth, growth, decay and death
The gear drives a wheel 1/10th revolution per cycle.
a spin of the roulette wheel
the whirl of snowflakes in the wind
a slight swivel of the hips
He continued his enthusiastic gyrations on stage.
2 change of direction
You can't do a right-hand turn here.
There was a hairpin turn in the road.
the journey to the turn on the A4
The scandal took a new turn today.
Let each child have a turn at fishing.
I was given an opportunity to bathe and shower.
Whose go is it next?
There has been a spell of dry weather.
He will be given a shot at the world title.
For a long time I didn't tell anyone.
I didn't really expect anything, but it was worth a try.
in the third round of the cup
All eligible people will get a chance to vote.
a period of a few months
His father worked shifts in a steel mill.
I'd love to have a crack at the title next year.
the England bowler's chance of a fling at South Africa in the second Test today
a five-year stint in Hong Kong
Let me have a whack at trying to fix the car.
I think I'll just go up and take a turn round the deck.
After dinner, I took a stroll around the city.
He often took long walks in the hills.
We might go for a drive on Sunday.
Would you like to go for a ride?
Think twice about going for a spin by the light of the silvery moon.
I met him as he was taking his daily constitutional.
families on a Sunday afternoon outing
We also recommend a full day excursion to the Upper Douro.
Take a tranquil promenade along a stretch of picturesque coastline.
I decided to take a jaunt down to Long Beach.
She began a slow saunter towards the bonfire.
He did you a good turn by resigning.
It gave me quite a turn.
She has a turn for gymnastic exercises.
He set out to follow his artistic inclinations.
Both her children have a talent for music.
As a youth he discovered a gift for teaching.
I always had a leaning towards sport.
his bent for natural history
There were fierce attacks on the BBC for alleged political bias.
She has a flair for languages.
There is a natural affinity between the two.
He's got the knack of getting people to listen.
She hadn't reckoned on his propensity for violence.
He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
the most brilliant comic turn in television history
Our children's different learning styles created many problems.
He had a strange way of talking.
He contracted a rare form of cancer.
We must go about this in an organized fashion.
The glass bottle is the shape of a woman's torso.
the chemical make-up of the atmosphere
Hers was an essentially optimistic cast of mind.
The manner in which young children are spoken to depends on who is present.
They met to discuss the format of future negotiations.
the capitalist mode of production
At first sight, he is not cast in the leading man mould.
He claimed the Devil had appeared to him in the guise of a goat.
idioms:at every turn
Phrasal verbsturn against someone
One good turn deserves another
A bad penny always turns up
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An act is a single thing that someone does.
My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
An act in a show is a short performance which is one of several in the show.
Numerous bands are playing, as well as comedy acts.
Thesaurus for turn from the Collins English Thesaurus
When you turn or when you turn part of your body, you move your body or part of your body so that it is facing in a different or opposite direction.