- 1 [intransitive, transitive] if water, mud, etc. churns, or if something churns it (up), it moves or is moved around violently churn (up) The water churned beneath the huge ship. churn something (up) Huge crowds had churned the field into a sea of mud.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] churn (something) if your stomach churns or if something churns your stomach, you feel a strong, unpleasant feeling of worry, disgust, or fear My stomach churned as the names were read out.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] churn (somebody) (up) to feel or to make someone feel upset or emotionally confused Conflicting emotions churned inside him.
- 4[transitive] churn something to turn and stir milk in a special container in order to make butter Phrasal Verbschurn somethingout
NAmE//tʃərn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they churn
he / she / it churns
past simple churned
-ing form churning