Synonyms of 'turn'
to move to face in another directionHe turned abruptly and walked away.
swing round, ,
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.
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.
to rotate or move roundAs 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.
I 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
The taxi turned the corner of the lane and stopped.
(of a road, river, etc.) to have a bend or curve in itthe 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.
to perform or do (something) with a rotating movementThey were turning somersaults and cartwheels in the courtyard.
to look at the other side ofHe turned the pages of a file in front of him.
to change so as to becomeShe turned the house into a beautiful home.
We are trying to detect and understand how the climate changes.
transform, , ,
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.
to change so as to becomeThe police think that things could turn nasty.
The firm will still be able to turn a modest profit.
to reach, pass, or progress beyond in age, time, etc.He aimed to accumulate a million dollars before he turned thirty.
to shape (wood, metal, etc.) on a lathefinely-turned metal
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.
to affect or be affected with nausea or giddinessThe true facts will turn your stomach.
I had to come off because I turned my ankle in the first half.
to make or become sourmilk starting to turn in the refrigerator
to make or become sourThe yoghurt was left out overnight and it turned.
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.
spin, , ,
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.
a change of direction or positionYou can't do a right-hand turn here.
There was a hairpin turn in the road.
a change in something that is happening or being doneThe scandal took a new turn today.
They threatened a mass walk-out if the party did not change direction.
For nearly four hours we maintained our course northwards.
In desperation I changed tack.
the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
She was beginning to get his drift.
the right or opportunity to do something in an agreed order or successionLet each child have a turn at fishing.
I was given an opportunity to bathe and shower.
I had the opportunity to go abroad and study.
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.
crack (informal), ,
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.
a short walk, ride, or excursionI 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?
spin (informal), ,
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.
a deed that helps or hinders someoneHe did you a good turn by resigning.
a shock or surprise(informal) It gave me quite a turn.
natural inclinationShe has a turn for gymnastic exercises.
She set out to follow her 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.
a 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.
a short theatrical actthe most brilliant comic turn in television history
a twist, bend, or distortion in shape
distinctive form or style
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.
See at every turn
See by turns
See in turn
See to a turn
See turn against someone
See turn back
See turn in
See turn of events
See turn of mind
See turn of phrase
See turn off
See turn on someone
See turn out
See turn over
See turn someone in
See turn someone off
See turn someone on
See turn someone out
See turn to someone
See turn up
One good turn deserves anotherA bad penny always turns up
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in the sense of action
doing something for a particular purposeHe was the sort of person who didn't like his actions questioned.
in the sense of adapt
to change something to suit a new purposeShelves were built to adapt the library for use as an office.
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