Synonyms of turn
1 change course • He turned abruptly and walked away. sometimes with round
veer • small potholes which tend to make the car veer to one side or the other
move • She waited for him to get up, but he didn't move.
switch • I'm switching to a new gas supplier.
shift • The entire pile shifted and slid, thumping onto the floor.
reverse • He reversed the position of the two stamps.
swerve • Drivers swerved to avoid the debris.
2 rotateDictionary • As the wheel turned, the potter shaped the clay.
rotate • The earth rotates round the sun.
spin • The Earth spins on its own axis.
go round (and round)
revolve • The entire circle revolved slowly.
roll • The car went off the road and rolled over into a ditch.
circle • There were two helicopters circling around.
wheel • He wheeled around to face her.
twist • Hold your arms straight out and twist to the right and left.
spiral • Smoke spiralled from a joss stick.
whirl • Hearing a sound behind her, she whirled round.
swivel • He swivelled round to face Sarah.
pivot • The boat pivoted on its central axis.
twirl • Several hundred people twirl around the dance floor.
gyrate • The aeroplane was gyrating about in the sky in a most alarming fashion.
go round in circles
move in a circle
3 go roundDictionary • The taxi turned the corner of the lane and stopped.
negotiate • I negotiated the corner on my motorbike.
take a bend
4 bendDictionary • the corner where our street turns into the main road
bend • Bend the bar into a horseshoe.
curve • The track curved away below him.
meander • The river meandered in lazy curves.
wind • The Moselle winds through some 160 miles of tranquil countryside.
twist • The road twists and turns between pleasant little cottages.
snake • The road snaked through the forested mountains.
loop • He looped the rope over the wood.
5 performDictionary • They were turning somersaults and cartwheels in the courtyard.
perform • people who have performed outstanding acts of bravery
do • I was trying to do some work.
execute • The landing was skilfully executed.
6 flick through • He turned the pages of a file in front of him.
browse • There are plenty of biographies for him to browse.
7 changeDictionary • She turned the house into a beautiful home. with into
change • We are trying to detect and understand how the climate changes.
transform • the speed at which your body transforms food into energy
convert • a handy table which converts into an ironing board
alter • They have never altered their programmes.
adapt • Shelves were built to adapt the library for use as an office.
mutate • Overnight, the gossip begins to mutate into headlines.
metamorphose • She had been metamorphosed by the war.
transmute • She ceased to think as anger transmuted into passion.
transfigure • They are transfigured by the healing powers of art.
8 becomeDictionary • The police think that things could turn nasty.
become • After leaving school, he became a professional footballer.
get • The boys were getting bored.
grow • He's growing old.
come to be
go • You'd better serve it up before it goes cold.
9 makeDictionary • The firm will still be able to turn a modest profit.
make • The crash made a noise like a building coming down.
produce • The company produces circuitry for communications systems.
generate • The minister said the reforms would generate new jobs.
yield • 400,000 acres of land yielded a crop worth $1.75 billion.
10 reachDictionary • He aimed to accumulate a million dollars before he turned thirty.
reach • He did not stop until he reached the door.
hit (informal) • Oil prices hit record levels yesterday.
pass • Their team passed the ball better than ours did.
11 shapeDictionary • finely-turned metal
shape • Cut the dough in half and shape each half into a loaf.
form • The bowl was formed out of clay.
fashion • The desk was fashioned out of oak.
cast • This statue of Neptune is cast in bronze.
construct • The boxes should be constructed from rough-sawn timber.
mould • We moulded a statue out of mud.
make • They now make cars at two plants in Europe.
12 sickenDictionary • The true facts will turn your stomach.
sicken • What he saw there sickened him, despite years of police work.
nauseate • The smell of frying nauseated her.
13 sprainDictionary • I had to come off because I turned my ankle in the first half.
sprain • He fell and sprained his ankle.
hurt • Did they hurt you?
injure • A bomb exploded, seriously injuring five people.
strain • He strained his back during a practice session.
twist • He fell and twisted his ankle.
wrench • He had wrenched his ankle badly in the fall.
14 go badDictionary • milk starting to turn in the refrigerator
go off (British, informal) • Don't eat that! It's gone off!
15 make rancid • They are stupid and ugly enough to turn milk.
spoil • Fats spoil by becoming tainted.
taint • Rancid oil will taint the flavour.
16 change sides
desert • He deserted from the army last month.
defect • a KGB official who defected in 1963
change your mind
1 rotationDictionary • The rear sprocket will turn only twice for one turn of the pedals.
rotation • the daily rotation of the earth upon its axis
cycle • the necessary cycle of birth, growth, decay and death
revolution • The gear drives a wheel 1/10th revolution per cycle.
spin • a spin of the roulette wheel
whirl • the whirl of snowflakes in the wind
swivel • a slight swivel of the hips
gyration • He continued his enthusiastic gyrations on stage.
2 change of direction • You can't do a right-hand turn here.
change of direction
curve • a curve in the road
change of course
departure • This album is a considerable departure from her previous work.
deviation • Deviation from the norm is not tolerated.
3 bendDictionary • There was a hairpin turn in the road.
bend • The crash occurred on a sharp bend.
corner • He waited until the man had turned the corner.
twist • the twists and turns of the existing track
4 junctionDictionary • the journey to the turn on the A4
junction • Follow the road to a junction and turn left.
turning • Take the next turning on the right.
5 directionDictionary • The scandal took a new turn today.
direction • They threatened a mass walk-out if the party did not change direction.
course • For nearly four hours we maintained our course northwards.
tack • In desperation I changed tack.
tendency • the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
drift • She was beginning to get his drift.
6 opportunityDictionary • Let each child have a turn at fishing.
opportunity • I was given an opportunity to bathe and shower.
go • Whose go is it next?
spell • There has been a spell of dry weather.
shot (informal) • He will be given a shot at the world title.
time • For a long time I didn't tell anyone.
try • I didn't really expect anything, but it was worth a try.
round • in the third round of the cup
chance • All eligible people will get a chance to vote.
period • a period of a few months
shift • His father worked shifts in a steel mill.
crack (informal) • I'd love to have a crack at the title next year.
fling • the England bowler's chance of a fling at South Africa in the second Test today
stint • a five-year stint in Hong Kong
whack (informal) • Let me have a whack at trying to fix the car.
7 strollDictionary • I think I'll just go up and take a turn round the deck.
stroll • After dinner, I took a stroll around the city.
walk • He often took long walks in the hills.
drive • We might go for a drive on Sunday.
ride • Would you like to go for a ride?
spin (informal) • Think twice about going for a spin by the light of the silvery moon.
constitutional • I met him as he was taking his daily constitutional.
outing • families on a Sunday afternoon outing
excursion • We also recommend a full day excursion to the Upper Douro.
promenade • Take a tranquil promenade along a stretch of picturesque coastline.
jaunt • I decided to take a jaunt down to Long Beach.
saunter • She began a slow saunter towards the bonfire.
8 deedDictionary • He did you a good turn by resigning.
deed • His heroic deeds were celebrated in every corner of the country.
act • My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
action • He was the sort of man who didn't like his actions questioned.
favour • I've come to ask for a favour.
gesture • She made a menacing gesture with her fist.
9 shockDictionary (informal) • It gave me quite a turn.
shock • It gave me quite a shock to see his face on the screen.
surprise • It is perhaps no surprise to see her attempting a comeback.
scare • We got a bit of a scare.
jolt • The campaign came at a time when America needed such a jolt.
fright • The snake gave everyone a fright.
10 inclinationDictionary • She has a turn for gymnastic exercises.
inclination • He set out to follow his artistic inclinations.
talent • Both her children have a talent for music.
gift • As a youth he discovered a gift for teaching.
leaning • I always had a leaning towards sport.
bent • his bent for natural history
bias • There were fierce attacks on the BBC for alleged political bias.
flair • She has a flair for languages.
affinity • There is a natural affinity between the two.
knack • He's got the knack of getting people to listen.
propensity • She hadn't reckoned on his propensity for violence.
aptitude • He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
11 actDictionary • the most brilliant comic turn in television history
act • Numerous bands are playing, as well as comedy acts.
show • How about going to see a show in London?
performance (informal) • She made a big performance of cooking the dinner.
routine (informal) • like a Marx Brothers routine
twist • A twist of the ankle denied him a place on the substitutes' bench.
warp • small warps in the planking
distortion • the gargoyle-like distortion of her face
style • Our children's different learning styles created many problems.
way • He had a strange way of talking.
form • He contracted a rare form of cancer.
fashion • We must go about this in an organized fashion.
shape • The glass bottle is the shape of a woman's torso.
make-up • the chemical make-up of the atmosphere
cast • Hers was an essentially optimistic cast of mind.
manner • The manner in which young children are spoken to depends on who is present.
format • They met to discuss the format of future negotiations.
mode • the capitalist mode of production
mould • At first sight, he is not cast in the leading man mould.
guise • He claimed the Devil had appeared to him in the guise of a goat.
IDIOMS:▷ at every turn
▷ by turns
PHRASE:▷ in turn
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ turn against someone
▷ turn in
▷ turn off
▷ turn out
▷ turn up
PROVERBS:One good turn deserves another
A bad penny always turns up
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actAn act is a single thing that someone does.
• My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
actAn 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.
actionAn action is something that you do on a particular occasion.
• He was the sort of man who didn't like his actions questioned.
Thesaurus for turn from the Collins English Thesaurus
to move or cause to move around an axis