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parts of speech:
verb, noun
take turns, turn down, turn in, turn off, turn on, turn over, turn up
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part of speech: verb
inflections: turns, turning, turned
definition 1: to cause to move around a center point.
Turn the key in the lock to open the door.
similar words:
move, roll, spin, swing, twist
definition 2: to change the course or direction of.
Turn the car around.
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definition 3: to change the position of something.
He turned his desk toward the window.She turned her head to see who was behind her.
similar words:
flip, move, roll, rotate, tip
definition 4: to change the nature, character, or color of something.
The witch turned him into a frog.The change of season turned the leaves many colors.
definition 5: to change the direction of one's movement.
Please turn left at the next street.
similar words:
back, bend, roll, twist
definition 6: to change to a new state or condition.
His face turns red when he gets hot.This milk is turning sour.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of turning.
He made a left turn at the corner.
similar words:
circuit, roll
definition 2: a chance to do an action that is being done by each person of a group in a certain order.
It is your turn to do the dishes.
similar words:
chance, crack, opportunity, shift, time
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phrase: take turns
phrase: turn down
phrase: turn in
phrase: turn off
phrase: turn on
phrase: turn over
phrase: turn up
Word History
Turn comes from tornare, which means "to turn on a lathe." This Latin word comes from tornos, an ancient Greek word that meant "tool for drawing circles."
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