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Definition of turn up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


turn up

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to be found, especially by chance, after being lost Don't worry about the letter—I'm sure it'll turn up.
  2. 2(of a person) to arrive We arranged to meet at 7:30, but she never turned up.
  3. 3(of an opportunity) to happen, especially by chance He's still hoping something (= for example, a job or a piece of luck) will turn up.

    turn somethingup

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  1. 1to increase the sound, heat, etc. of a piece of equipment Could you turn the TV up? + adj. The music was turned up loud.
  2. 2to find something Our efforts to trace him turned up nothing.