English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to move to face in another direction
He turned abruptly and walked away.
Synonyms
change course
,
swing round
,
wheel round
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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.
, ,
go back
,
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.
,
change position
(verb) 
Definition
to rotate or move round
As the wheel turned, the potter shaped the clay.
Synonyms
rotate
The earth rotates round the sun.
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spin
The Earth spins on its own axis.
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go round (and round)
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revolve
The entire circle revolved slowly.
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roll
The car went off the road and rolled over into a ditch.
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circle
There were two helicopters circling around.
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wheel
I 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.
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whirl
Hearing a sound behind her, she whirled round.
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swivel
He swivelled round to face Sarah.
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pivot
The boat pivoted on its central axis.
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twirl
Several hundred people twirl around the dance floor.
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gyrate
The aeroplane was gyrating about in the sky in a most alarming fashion.
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go round in circles
,
move in a circle
(verb) 
The taxi turned the corner of the lane and stopped.
Synonyms
go round
,
come round
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negotiate
I negotiated the corner on my motorbike.
, , ,
pass around
,
take a bend
(verb) 
Definition
(of a road, river, etc.) to have a bend or curve in it
the corner where our street turns into the main road
Synonyms
bend
Bend the bar into a horseshoe.
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curve
The track curved away below him.
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meander
The river meandered in lazy curves.
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wind
The Moselle winds through some 160 miles of tranquil countryside.
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twist
The road twists and turns between pleasant little cottages.
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snake
The road snaked through the forested mountains.
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loop
He looped the rope over the wood.
,
(verb) 
Definition
to perform or do (something) with a rotating movement
They were turning somersaults and cartwheels in the courtyard.
Synonyms
perform
people who have performed outstanding acts of bravery
,
do
I was trying to do some work.
,
carry out
,
execute
The landing was skilfully executed.
(verb) 
Definition
to look at the other side of
He turned the pages of a file in front of him.
Synonyms
flick through
, , ,
browse
There are plenty of biographies for him to browse.
,
flip through
(verb) 
Definition
to change so as to become
She turned the house into a beautiful home.
Synonyms
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.
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adapt
Shelves were built to adapt the library for use as an office.
, ,
remodel
, ,
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.
(verb) 
Definition
to change so as to become
The police think that things could turn nasty.
Synonyms
become
After leaving school, he became a professional footballer.
,
get
The boys were getting bored.
,
grow
He's growing old.
,
come to be
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go
You'd better serve it up before it goes cold.
(verb) 
The firm will still be able to turn a modest profit.
Synonyms
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.
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yield
400,000 acres of land yielded a crop worth $1.75 billion.
10 (verb) 
Definition
to reach, pass, or progress beyond in age, time, etc.
He aimed to accumulate a million dollars before he turned thirty.
Synonyms
reach
He did not stop until he reached the door.
, ,
hit (informal)
Oil prices hit record levels yesterday.
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pass
Their team passed the ball better than ours did.
,
get to
11 (verb) 
Definition
to shape (wood, metal, etc.) on a lathe
finely-turned metal
Synonyms
shape
Cut the dough in half and shape each half into a loaf.
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form
The bowl was formed out of clay.
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fashion
The desk was fashioned out of oak.
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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.
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make
They now make cars at two plants in Europe.
12 (verb) 
Definition
to affect or be affected with nausea or giddiness
The true facts will turn your stomach.
Synonyms
sicken
What he saw there sickened him, despite years of police work.
, ,
nauseate
The smell of frying nauseated her.
13 (verb) 
I had to come off because I turned my ankle in the first half.
Synonyms
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.
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twist
He fell and twisted his ankle.
,
rick
,
wrench
He had wrenched his ankle badly in the fall.
14 (verb) 
Definition
to make or become sour
milk starting to turn in the refrigerator
Synonyms
go bad
,
go off (British, informal)
Don't eat that! It's gone off!
, ,
go sour
,
become rancid
15 (verb) 
Definition
to make or become sour
The yoghurt was left out overnight and it turned.
Synonyms
make rancid
,
spoil
Fats spoil by becoming tainted.
, ,
taint
Rancid oil will taint the flavour.
16 (verb) 
Synonyms
change sides
,
desert
He deserted from the army last month.
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go over
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defect
She insisted that customers who had defected to cheaper coffee shops would return eventually.
, , ,
change your mind
,
17 (verb) 
Synonyms
persuade
My husband persuaded me to come.
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influence
The conference influenced us to launch the campaign.
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prejudice
I think your upbringing has prejudiced you.
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talk into
,
prevail upon
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bring round (informal)
,
(noun) 
The rear sprocket will turn only twice for one turn of the pedals.
Synonyms
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
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swivel
a slight swivel of the hips
, ,
gyration
He continued his enthusiastic gyrations on stage.
(noun) 
Definition
a change of direction or position
You can't do a right-hand turn here.
Synonyms
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.
(noun) 
There was a hairpin turn in the road.
Synonyms
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
, ,
dog-leg
(noun) 
Definition
the journey to the turn on the A4
Synonyms
junction
Follow the road to a junction and turn left.
,
turning
Take the next turning on the right.
,
crossroads
,
turnoff
(noun) 
Definition
a change in something that is happening or being done
The scandal took a new turn today.
Synonyms
direction
They threatened a mass walk-out if the party did not change direction.
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course
For nearly four hours we maintained our course northwards.
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tack
In desperation I changed tack.
, ,
tendency
the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
,
drift
She was beginning to get his drift.
,
(noun) 
Definition
the right or opportunity to do something in an agreed order or succession
Let each child have a turn at fishing.
Synonyms
opportunity
I was given an opportunity to bathe and shower.
I had the opportunity to go abroad and study.
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go
Whose go is it next?
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spell
There has been a spell of dry weather.
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shot (informal)
He will be given a shot at the world title.
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time
For a long time I didn't tell anyone.
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try
I didn't really expect anything, but it was worth a try.
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round
in the third round of the cup
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chance
All eligible people will get a chance to vote.
,
period
a period of a few months
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shift
His father worked shifts in a steel mill.
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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
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stint
a five-year stint in Hong Kong
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whack (informal)
Let me have a whack at trying to fix the car.
(noun) 
Definition
a short walk, ride, or excursion
I think I'll just go up and take a turn round the deck.
Synonyms
stroll
After dinner, I took a stroll around the city.
, ,
walk
He often took long walks in the hills.
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drive
We might go for a drive on Sunday.
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ride
Would you like to go for a ride?
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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.
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promenade
Take a tranquil promenade along a stretch of picturesque coastline.
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jaunt
I decided to take a jaunt down to Long Beach.
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saunter
She began a slow saunter towards the bonfire.
(noun) 
Definition
a deed that helps or hinders someone
He did you a good turn by resigning.
Synonyms
deed
His heroic deeds were celebrated in every corner of the country.
, ,
act
My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
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action
He was the sort of person who didn't like his actions questioned.
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favour
I've come to ask for a favour.
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gesture
She made a menacing gesture with her fist.
(noun) 
Definition
a shock or surprise
(informal)  It gave me quite a turn.
Synonyms
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 business needed such a jolt
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fright
The snake gave everyone a fright.
10 (noun) 
Definition
natural inclination
She has a turn for gymnastic exercises.
Synonyms
inclination
She set out to follow her artistic inclinations.
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talent
Both her children have a talent for music.
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gift
As a youth he discovered a gift for teaching.
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leaning
I always had a leaning towards sport.
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bent
a bent for natural history
,
bias
There were fierce attacks on the BBC for alleged political bias.
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flair
She has a flair for languages.
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affinity
There is a natural affinity between the two.
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knack
He's got the knack of getting people to listen.
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propensity
She hadn't reckoned on his propensity for violence.
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aptitude
He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
11 (noun) 
Definition
a short theatrical act
the most brilliant comic turn in television history
Synonyms
act
Numerous bands are playing, as well as comedy acts.
,
show
How about going to see a show in London?
,
performance
She made a big performance of cooking the dinner.
, ,
routine (informal)
like a Marx Brothers routine
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12 (noun) 
Definition
a twist, bend, or distortion in shape
Synonyms
twist
A twist of the ankle denied him a place on the substitutes' bench.
, ,
warp
small warps in the planking
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distortion
the gargoyle-like distortion of her face
13 (noun) 
Definition
distinctive form or style
Synonyms
style
Our children's different learning styles created many problems.
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way
He had a strange way of talking.
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form
He contracted a rare form of cancer.
,
fashion
We must go about this in an organized fashion.
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shape
The glass bottle is the shape of a woman's torso.
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make-up
the chemical make-up of the atmosphere
,
cast
Hers was an essentially optimistic cast of mind.
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manner
The manner in which young children are spoken to depends on who is present.
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format
They met to discuss the format of future negotiations.
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mode
the capitalist mode of production
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mould
At first sight, he is not cast in the leading man mould.
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guise
He claimed the Devil had appeared to him in the guise of a goat.

idioms

See at every turn

phrase

See in turn

Phrasal verbs

See turn against someone

proverbs

One good turn deserves another
A bad penny always turns up

Additional synonyms

in the sense of action
Definition
doing something for a particular purpose
He was the sort of person who didn't like his actions questioned.
in the sense of adapt
Definition
to change something to suit a new purpose
Shelves were built to adapt the library for use as an office.
Synonyms
in the sense of affinity
Definition
a feeling of closeness to and understanding of a person
There is a natural affinity between the two.

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