- 1 an act of turning somebody/something around Give the handle a few turns. of road/vehicle
- 2 a change in direction in a vehicle Make a left/right turn into West Street. see also three-point turn, U-turn See related entries: Driving
- 3(especially North American English) (British English also turning) a place where a road leads away from the one you are travelling on
- 4a bend or corner in a road a lane full of twists and turns See related entries: Features of roads time
- 5 the time when somebody in a group of people should or is allowed to do something When it's your turn, take another card. Please wait your turn. Whose turn is it to cook? Steve took a turn driving while I slept. See related entries: Board games change
- 6an unusual or unexpected change in what is happening a surprising turn of events His health has taken a turn for the worse (= suddenly got worse). Events took a dramatic turn in the weeks that followed. The book is, by turns, funny and very sad. see also about-turn performance
- 7a short performance or piece of entertainment such as a song, etc. Everyone got up on stage to do a turn. see also star turn walk
- 8(old-fashioned) a short walk We took a turn around the park. illness
- 9(old-fashioned) a feeling of illness a funny turn (= a feeling that you may faint) Grandma had one of her turns. See related entries: Being ill Word Origin Old English tyrnan, turnian (verb), from Latin tornare, from tornus
- 1 one after the other in a particular order The children called out their names in turn.
- 2as a result of something in a series of events Increased production will, in turn, lead to increased profits.
if people take turns or take it in turns to do something, they do it one after the other to make sure it is done fairly The male and female birds take turns in sitting on the eggs. We take it in turns to do the housework. The kids took turns on the swing. the time when a new century/year starts It was built at the turn of the century. a particular way of thinking about things a particular way of describing something an extra amount of pressure, cruelty, etc. added to a situation that is already difficult to bear or understand a sudden increase in your speed or rate of progress; the ability to suddenly increase your speed He put on an impressive turn of speed in the last lap. The kangaroo has a fast turn of speed.