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Definition of churn verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they churn
    he / she / it churns
    past simple churned
    -ing form churning
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  1. 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. 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. 3[intransitive, transitive] churn (somebody) (up) to feel or to make someone feel upset or emotionally confused Conflicting emotions churned inside him.
  4. 4[transitive] churn something to turn and stir milk in a special container in order to make butter
  5. Phrasal Verbschurn somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: churn