Definition and Meanings for turn

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Turn is ranked 1,174 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of turn

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of turn

oe. turnen, tournen, of. tourner, torner, turner, f. tourner, ll. tornare, fr. l. tornare to turn in a lathe, to round off, fr. tornus a lathe, gr. to`rnos a turner's chisel, a carpenter's tool for drawing circles; probably akin to e. throw. see throw, and cf. attorney, return, tornado, tour, tournament

Meaning of turn


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to cause to move upon a center, or as if upon a center; to give circular motion to; to cause to revolve; to cause to move round, either partially, wholly, or repeatedly; to make to change position so as to present other sides in given directions; to make to face otherwise; as, to turn a wheel or a spindle; to turn the body or the head.
  • to cause to present a different side uppermost or outmost; to make the upper side the lower, or the inside to be the outside of; to reverse the position of; as, to turn a box or a board; to turn a coat.
  • to give another direction, tendency, or inclination to; to direct otherwise; to deflect; to incline differently; -- used both literally and figuratively; as, to turn the eyes to the heavens; to turn a horse from the road, or a ship from her course; to turn the attention to or from something.
  • to change from a given use or office; to divert, as to another purpose or end; to transfer; to use or employ; to apply; to devote.
  • to change the form, quality, aspect, or effect of; to alter; to metamorphose; to convert; to transform; -- often with to or into before the word denoting the effect or product of the change; as, to turn a worm into a winged insect; to turn green to blue; to turn prose into verse; to turn a whig to a tory, or a hindu to a christian; to turn good to evil, and the like.
  • to form in a lathe; to shape or fashion (anything) by applying a cutting tool to it while revolving; as, to turn the legs of stools or tables; to turn ivory or metal.
  • hence, to give form to; to shape; to mold; to put in proper condition; to adapt.
  • to translate; to construe; as, to turn the iliad.
  • to make acid or sour; to ferment; to curdle, etc.: as, to turn cider or wine; electricity turns milk quickly.
  • to sicken; to nauseate; as, an emetic turns one's stomach.
  • to make a turn about or around (something); to go or pass around by turning; as, to turn a corner.

as intransitive verb

  • to move round; to have a circular motion; to revolve entirely, repeatedly, or partially; to change position, so as to face differently; to whirl or wheel round; as, a wheel turns on its axis; a spindle turns on a pivot; a man turns on his heel.
  • hence, to revolve as if upon a point of support; to hinge; to depend; as, the decision turns on a single fact.
  • to result or terminate; to come about; to eventuate; to issue.
  • to be deflected; to take a different direction or tendency; to be directed otherwise; to be differently applied; to be transferred; as, to turn from the road.
  • to be changed, altered, or transformed; to become transmuted; also, to become by a change or changes; to grow; as, wood turns to stone; water turns to ice; one color turns to another; to turn muslim.
  • to undergo the process of turning on a lathe; as, ivory turns well.
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