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definition of the word turn

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old French torner, from Latin tornare

to turn

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to turn (third-person singular simple present turns, present participle turning, simple past and past participle turned)

  1. (intransitive) Of a body, person, etc, to move around an axis through itself.
    the Earth turns
    turn on the spot
  2. (transitive) To change the direction or orientation of.
    Turn the knob clockwise.
  3. (intransitive) To change one's direction of travel.
    Turn right here.
  4. (transitive) To position (something) by folding it.
    Turn the bed covers.
  5. (transitive) To become.
    The leaves turn brown in autumn.
    When I asked him for the money, he turned nasty.
  6. To rebel; to go against something formerly tolerated.
    The prisoners turned on the warden.
  7. (transitive) To shape (something) symmetrically by rotating it against a stationary cutting tool, as on a lathe.
    She turned the table legs with care and precision.
  8. (intransitive) To sour or spoil; to go bad.
    This milk has turned; it smells awful.
  9. (usually with over) To complete.
    They say they can turn the parts in two days.
  10. (transitive, cricket) Of a bowler, to make (the ball) move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  11. (intransitive, cricket) Of a ball, to move sideways off the pitch when it bounces.
  12. (professional wrestling, intransitive) To change personalities, such as from being a face (good guy) to heel (bad guy) or vice versa.


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