Turn Definition

Define what is Turn?

1. Bend, turn, crook, twist (noun)

a circular segment of a curve.

  • a bend in the road.
  • a crook in the path.
Synonyms: Bend, crook, twist

curve, curved shape noun
the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes.


bight noun
a bend or curve (especially in a coastline).

2. turn (verb)

change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense.

  • Turn towards me.
  • The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face.
  • She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs.

move verb
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion.


twist verb
turn in the opposite direction.

flip over, flip, turn over verb
turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse.

turn on a dime verb
have a small turning radius.

roll, turn over verb
move by turning over or rotating.

roll over verb
make a rolling motion or turn.

swing about, swing around, turn around verb
turn abruptly and face the other way, either physically or metaphorically.

flip, toss verb
lightly throw to see which side comes up.

port verb
turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship.

face verb
turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction.

turn off verb
make a turn.

turn away verb
move so as not face somebody or something.

gee verb
turn to the right side.

about-face verb
turn, usually 180 degrees.

caracole verb
make a half turn on a horse, in dressage.

corner verb
turn a corner.

overturn, tip over, tump over, turn over verb
turn from an upright or normal position.

Bend verb
change direction.

curve, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer, cut verb
turn sharply; change direction abruptly.

deflect verb
turn aside and away from an initial or intended course.

deflect, turn away, Bend verb
turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest.

avert, turn away verb
turn away or aside.

splay, rotate, spread out, turn out verb
turn outward.

circumvolve, rotate verb
cause to turn on an axis or center.

pivot, swivel verb
turn on a pivot.

coil, gyrate, spiral verb
to wind or move in a spiral course.

corkscrew, spiral verb
move in a spiral or zigzag course.

deviate, divert verb
turn aside; turn away from.

pronate verb
turn the forearm or the hand so that the palm is directed downwards.

3. turning, turn (noun)

the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course.

  • he took a turn to the right.
Synonyms: turning

change of course noun
a change in the direction that you are moving.


digression, divagation, diversion, deflexion, deflection, deviation noun
a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern).

right noun
a turn toward the side of the body that is on the south when the person is facing east.

left noun
a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east.

kick turn noun
a standing turn made in skiing; one ski is raised to the vertical and pivoted backward to become parallel with the other ski but headed in the opposite direction and then the other ski is aligned with the first.

stem turn, stem noun
a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it.

telemark noun
a turn made in skiing; the outside ski is placed ahead and turned gradually inwards.

swerve, swerving, veering noun
the act of turning aside suddenly.

three-point turn noun
the act of turning a vehicle around in a limited space by moving in a series of back and forward arcs.

version noun
manual turning of a fetus in the uterus (usually to aid delivery).

4. change state, turn (verb)

undergo a transformation or a change of position or action.

  • We turned from Socialism to Capitalism.
  • The people turned against the President when he stole the election.
Synonyms: change state

change verb
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.


awake, come alive, arouse, awaken, Wake, wake up, waken verb
stop sleeping.

zonk out, pass out, black out verb
lose consciousness due to a sudden trauma, for example.

resuscitate, come to, revive verb
return to consciousness.

tense up, tense verb
become tense, nervous, or uneasy.

relax, decompress, unwind, loosen up, slow down, unbend verb
become less tense, rest, or take one's ease.

lose weight, melt off, slim, slim down, slenderize, thin, reduce verb
take off weight.

gain, put on verb
increase (one's body weight).

apparel, raiment, garment, garb, enclothe, clothe, tog, fit out, dress, habilitate verb
provide with clothes or put clothes on.

cross-fertilise, cross-fertilize verb
undergo cross-fertilization; become fertile.

conceive verb
become pregnant; undergo conception.

secularise, secularize verb
make secular and draw away from a religious orientation.

citrate verb
cause to form a salt or ester of citric acid.

equilibrate verb
bring to a chemical stasis or equilibrium.

Fall verb
pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind.

become, get, go verb
enter or assume a certain state or condition.

decline, worsen verb
grow worse.

ameliorate, improve, meliorate, better verb
get better.

disengage verb
become free.

overgrow verb
become overgrown.

concentrate verb
make denser, stronger, or purer.

break verb
crack; of the male voice in puberty.

acetify, acidify verb
turn acidic.

alkalify, alkalise, alkalize, basify verb
turn basic and less acidic.

ionise, ionize verb
convert into ions.

ossify verb
become bony.

catalyse, catalyze verb
change by catalysis or cause to catalyze.

get worse, relapse verb
deteriorate in health.

fluctuate verb
be unstable.

break loose, burst forth, explode verb
be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise.

buy the farm, perish, pass away, kick the bucket, give-up the ghost, snuff it, drop dead, die, decease, croak, cash in one's chips, pop off, expire, exit, conk, choke, go, pass verb
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life.

be born verb
come into existence through birth.

cloud over verb
become overcast.

carbonise, carbonize verb
turn into carbon, as by burning.

cool, chill, cool down verb
loose heat.

heat up, hot up, heat verb
gain heat or get hot.

carbonise, carbonize, carburise, carburize verb
unite with carbon.

freeze verb
change to ice.

boil verb
come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor.

burn, combust verb
undergo combustion.

emaciate verb
grow weak and thin or waste away physically.

Frenchify verb
become French in appearance or character.

thin verb
lose thickness; become thin or thinner.

thicken, inspissate verb
become thick or thicker.

solvate verb
undergo solvation or convert into a solvate.

react verb
undergo a chemical reaction; react with another substance under certain conditions.

dissolve, fade away, fade out verb
become weaker.

empty, discharge verb
become empty or void of its content.

fill, fill up verb
become full.

homogenise, homogenize verb
become homogeneous or similar, as by mixing.

homogenise, homogenize verb
break up the fat globules of.

clabber, curdle, clot verb
turn into curds.

clot, coagulate verb
change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state.

sour, ferment, turn, work verb
go sour or spoil.

integrate verb
become one; become integrated.

precipitate verb
separate as a fine suspension of solid particles.

calcify verb
turn into lime; become calcified.

Coke verb
become coke.

carnify verb
become muscular or fleshy.

chondrify verb
turn into cartilage.

emulsify verb
form into or become an emulsion.

denitrify verb
remove nitrogen from.

esterify verb
change (a compound) into an ester.

etherify verb
change into an ether.

thrombose verb
become blocked by a thrombus.

open, open up verb
become open.

close, shut verb
become closed.

sorb, take up verb
take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption.

calm down, chill out, cool it, cool off, simmer down, calm, settle down verb
become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation.

prosper, flourish, fly high, thrive verb
make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance.

emancipate, liberate verb
give equal rights to; of women and minorities.

get into, tangle with verb
get involved in or with.

liquefy verb
become liquid.

catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate, ignite, erupt verb
start to burn or burst into flames.

5. become, turn (verb)

undergo a change or development.

  • The water turned into ice.
  • Her former friend became her worst enemy.
  • He turned traitor.
Synonyms: become

transmute, metamorphose, transform verb
change in outward structure or looks.


boil down, come down, reduce verb
be the essential element.

suffocate, choke verb
become stultified, suppressed, or stifled.

nucleate verb
form into a nucleus.

add up, amount, come verb
develop into.

6. turn, play (noun)

(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession.

  • it is my turn.
  • it is still my play.
Synonyms: play

activity noun
any specific behavior.


move noun
(game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game.

starting, start noun
a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning).

innings noun
the batting turn of a cricket player or team.

attack noun
an offensive move in a sport or game.

Down noun
(American football) a complete play to advance the football.

at-bat, bat noun
(baseball) a turn trying to get a hit.

lead noun
the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge.

trumping, ruff noun
(card games) the act of taking a trick with a trump when unable to follow suit.

trick noun
(card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner.

7. turn of events, twist, turn (noun)

an unforeseen development.

  • events suddenly took an awkward turn.

development noun
a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation.

8. turn (verb)

cause to move around or rotate.

  • turn a key.
  • turn your palm this way.

move, displace verb
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense.


reorient verb
cause to turn.

supinate verb
turn (the hand or forearm) so that the back is downward or backward, or turn out (the leg).

port verb
put or turn on the left side, of a ship.

9. change by reversal, reverse, turn (verb)

change to the contrary.

  • The trend was reversed.
  • the tides turned against him.
  • public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern.

change verb
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.


flip-flop, alternate, interchange, tack, switch, flip verb
reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action).

turn the tables, turn the tide verb
cause a complete reversal of the circumstances.

commutate verb
reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current) each half cycle so as to produce a unidirectional current.

switch, switch over, exchange verb
change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence.

correct, right, rectify verb
make right or correct.

falsify verb
falsify knowingly.

permute, transpose, commute verb
change the order or arrangement of.

metamorphose, transmogrify, transfigure verb
change completely the nature or appearance of.

retrovert, revert, regress, turn back, return verb
go back to a previous state.

desynchronise, desynchronize verb
cause to become desynchronized; cause to occur at unrelated times.

deconsecrate, unhallow, desecrate verb
remove the consecration from a person or an object.

undo verb
cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect.

10. turning, turn (noun)

a movement in a new direction.

  • the turning of the wind.
Synonyms: turning

motion, movement noun
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something.


turn around, reversal noun
turning in an opposite direction or position.

yaw, swerve noun
an erratic deflection from an intended course.

gyration, revolution, rotation noun
a single complete turn (axial or orbital).

coming back, return noun
the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction.

volution noun
a rolling or revolving motion.

11. turn (noun)

the act of turning away or in the opposite direction.

  • he made an abrupt turn away from her.

change of direction, reorientation noun
the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented.

12. move around, turn (verb)

pass to the other side of.

  • turn the corner.
  • move around the obstacle.
Synonyms: move around

go, locomote, move, travel verb
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically.

13. grow, turn (verb)

pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become.

  • The weather turned nasty.
  • She grew angry.
Synonyms: grow

change verb
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.


bald verb
grow bald; lose hair on one's head.

turn verb
change color.

14. turn, twist (noun)

turning or twisting around (in place).

  • with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room.
Synonyms: twist

rotary motion, rotation noun
the act of rotating as if on an axis.


twiddle noun
a series of small (usually idle) twists or turns.

15. release, turn (verb)

let (something) fall or spill from a container.

  • turn the flour onto a plate.
Synonyms: release

channel, channelise, channelize, transmit, transport, transfer verb
send from one person or place to another.


deflate verb
release contained air or gas from.

throw verb
throw (a die) out onto a flat surface.

16. go, spell, tour, turn (noun)

a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else).

  • it's my go.
  • a spell of work.
Synonyms: go, spell, tour

duty period, work shift, shift noun
the time period during which you are at work.

17. turn (verb)

move around an axis or a center.

  • The wheels are turning.

move verb
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion.


revolve, rotate, go around verb
turn on or around an axis or a center.

18. bout, round, turn (noun)

(sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive.

    Synonyms: bout, round

    division, section, part noun
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole.


    top of the inning, top noun
    the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat.

    bottom of the inning, bottom noun
    the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat.

    19. routine, number, act, bit, turn (noun)

    a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program.

    • he did his act three times every evening.
    • she had a catchy little routine.
    • it was one of the best numbers he ever did.
    Synonyms: routine, number, act, bit

    performance, public presentation noun
    a dramatic or musical entertainment.


    show-stopper, showstopper, stopper noun
    an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down.

    20. turn over, turn (verb)

    cause to move around a center so as to show another side of.

    • turn a page of a book.
    Synonyms: turn over

    move, displace verb
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense.


    Evert verb
    turn inside out; turn the inner surface of outward.

    leaf verb
    turn over pages.

    21. good turn, turn (noun)

    a favor for someone.

    • he did me a good turn.
    Synonyms: good turn

    favor, favour noun
    an act of gracious kindness.

    22. turn (verb)

    to send or let go.

    • They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion.

    send, direct verb
    cause to go somewhere.

    23. plow, Plough, turn (verb)

    to break and turn over earth especially with a plow.

    • Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week.
    • turn the earth in the Spring.
    Synonyms: plow, Plough

    till verb
    work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation.


    ridge verb
    plough alternate strips by throwing the furrow onto an unploughed strip.

    disk, harrow verb
    draw a harrow over (land).

    24. turn (noun)

    taking a short walk out and back.

    • we took a turn in the park.

    walk noun
    the act of walking somewhere.

    25. turn (verb)

    shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel.

    • turn the legs of the table.
    • turn the clay on the wheel.

    SHAPE, form verb
    give shape or form to.

    26. turn (verb)

    change color.

    • In Vermont, the leaves turn early.

    grow, turn verb
    pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become.

    discolour, discolor, color, colour verb
    change color, often in an undesired manner.

    27. sprain, wrick, rick, wrench, twist, turn (verb)

    twist suddenly so as to sprain.

    • wrench one's ankle.
    • The wrestler twisted his shoulder.
    • the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell.
    • I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days.
    Synonyms: sprain, wrick, rick, wrench, twist

    injure, wound verb
    cause injuries or bodily harm to.

    28. turn (verb)

    cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics.

    • The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him.
    • The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold.

    alter, change, modify verb
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.

    29. turn (verb)

    accomplish by rotating.

    • turn a somersault.
    • turn cartwheels.

    DO, perform verb
    get (something) done.

    30. turn (verb)

    get by buying and selling.

    • the company turned a good profit after a year.

    acquire, get verb
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract.

    31. turn (verb)

    cause to move along an axis or into a new direction.

    • turn your face to the wall.
    • turn the car around.
    • turn your dance partner around.

    move, displace verb
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense.


    bring about verb
    cause to move into the opposite direction.

    32. turn (verb)

    channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something.

    • The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction.
    • people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium.

    send, direct verb
    cause to go somewhere.


    take up verb
    turn one's interest to.

    33. twist, Bend, deform, flex, turn (verb)

    cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form.

    • bend the rod.
    • twist the dough into a braid.
    • the strong man could turn an iron bar.
    Synonyms: twist, Bend, deform, flex
    Antonyms: unbend (verb)

    free from flexure.


    change form, change shape, deform verb
    assume a different shape or form.


    dent, indent verb
    make a depression into.

    incurvate verb
    cause to curve inward.

    gnarl verb
    twist into a state of deformity.

    crank verb
    bend into the shape of a crank.

    convolute, convolve verb
    curl, wind, or twist together.

    34. turn (verb)

    alter the functioning or setting of.

    • turn the dial to 10.
    • turn the heat down.

    control, operate verb
    handle and cause to function.

    35. turn (verb)

    direct at someone.

    • She turned a smile on me.
    • They turned their flashlights on the car.

    aim, take aim, train, direct, take verb
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards.

    36. call on, turn (verb)

    have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to.

    • She called on her Representative to help her.
    • She turned to her relatives for help.
    Synonyms: call on

    appeal, invoke verb
    request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection.

    37. sour, ferment, turn, work (verb)

    go sour or spoil.

    • The milk has soured.
    • The wine worked.
    • The cream has turned--we have to throw it out.
    Synonyms: sour, ferment, work

    change state, turn verb
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action.

    38. turn (verb)

    become officially one year older.

    • She is turning 50 this year.

    senesce, age, maturate, mature, get on verb
    grow old or older.

    Nearby Terms

    turn a blind eye (verb)
    refuse to acknowledge

    turn a loss (verb)
    fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit

    turn a nice dime (verb)
    make a satisfactory profit

    turn a nice dollar (verb)
    make a satisfactory profit

    turn a nice penny (verb)
    make a satisfactory profit

    turn a profit (verb)
    make a profit; gain money or materially

    turn a trick (verb)
    have a customer, of a prostitute

    turn around (noun)
    turning in an opposite direction or position

    turn away (verb)
    move so as not face somebody or something

    turn back (verb)
    retrace one's course

    turn down (verb)
    refuse to accept

    turn in (verb)
    make an entrance by turning from a road

    turn indicator (noun)
    a blinking light on a motor vehicle that indicates the direction in which the vehicle is about to turn

    turn of events (noun)
    an unforeseen development

    turn of expression (noun)
    a distinctive spoken or written expression