Definition of turn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɜːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrn//
    [countable] Board games, Features of roads, Being ill, Driving
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  1. 1  an act of turning somebody/something around Give the handle a few turns.
  2. of road/vehicle
  3. 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
  4. 3(especially North American English) (British English also turning) a place where a road leads away from the one you are travelling on
  5. 4a bend or corner in a road a lane full of twists and turns See related entries: Features of roads
  6. time
  7. 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
  8. change
  9. 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
  10. performance
  11. 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
  12. walk
  13. 8(old-fashioned) a short walk We took a turn around the park.
  14. illness
  15. 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
  16. Word OriginOld English tyrnan, turnian (verb), from Latin tornare, from tornus ‘lathe’, from Greek tornos ‘lathe, circular movement’; probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French turner. The noun (Middle English) is partly from Anglo-Norman French tourn, partly from the verb.Extra examples Batista had batted out of turn. Be patient and wait your turn! By the time it came to my turn to sing, I was a bag of nerves. Can I have a turn? Events took a surprising turn. Every time she did a flip turn, she made a large splash. Give Sarah a turn on the swing. He made a sudden turn to the right. He quickly gives the handle a slight turn. He seems to have taken an abrupt career turn with his new movie. He took a wrong turn and ended up on the coast road. Her career took an unexpected turn when she moved to New York. I’ll take a turn making the dinner—you have a rest. I’m afraid Grandma has taken a turn for the worse. I’m writing to you out of turn because I have some very important news. If you can’t put any cards down you have to miss a turn. In a dramatic turn of events she took control of the company into her own hands. It marks a major turn in this presidency. It slowly spun for three complete turns. It’s impossible to follow all the twists and turns of the plot. Our luck is on the turn. Schuler’s life took a radical turn when he became obsessed with horses. She had not been friendly to Pete and he, in his turn, was cold to her when she came to stay. She stopped talking as she negotiated a particularly sharp turn. Slow down as you enter the turn Syd executed each turn perfectly. Take the next turn on the right. The battle took an unfortunate turn. The car skidded around a hairpin turn. The children took turns on the swing. The trial has taken an even more bizarre turn today. The video market took an interesting turn in the mid 1980s. There was a screech as the car rounded a tight turn. They gave their names in turn. This movie is by turn terrifying and very funny. Tinker makes the tight turns look easy. When my turn finally came, I was shaking with nerves. a full turn of the handle to the right a lane full of twists and turns a quick turn of his head Make a right turn into West street. Rotate the image through a quarter turn. The male and female birds take turns sitting on the eggs. The narrow lane was full of twists and turns. When it’s your turn, take another card. Whose turn is it to cook?Idioms everywhere or every time you try and do something At every turn I met with disappointment. Her ideas were blocked at every turn. cooked for exactly the right amount of time (old-fashioned) to frighten or shock somebody You gave me quite a turn, creeping up on me like that!
    (do somebody) a good turn
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    (to do) something that helps somebody Well, that's my good turn for the day.
    1. 1  one after the other in a particular order The children called out their names in turn.
    2. 2as a result of something in a series of events Increased production will, in turn, lead to increased profits.
    (old-fashioned) to do no work She hasn't done a hand's turn all week.
    one good turn deserves another
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    (saying) you should help somebody who has helped you
    (especially British English) going to change soon His luck is on the turn. (British English) to be useful for a particular purpose or period of time to say something that you should not because it is the wrong situation or because it offends somebody
    take turns (in something/to do something) (British English also take it in turns)
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     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 turn of the century/year
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    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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: turn