Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun turn

12 senses of turn

Sense 1
bend, crook, twist, turn -- (a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path")
       => curve, curved shape -- (the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes)

Sense 2
turn, turning -- (the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right")
       => change of course -- (a change in the direction that you are moving)

Sense 3
turn, play -- ((game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play")
       => activity -- (any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity")

Sense 4
turn, turn of events, twist -- (an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn")
       => development -- (a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!")

Sense 5
turning, turn -- (a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind")
       => movement, motion -- (a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something)

Sense 6
turn -- (the act of turning away or in the opposite direction; "he made an abrupt turn away from her")
       => change of direction, reorientation -- (the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented)

Sense 7
twist, turn -- (turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room")
       => rotation, rotary motion -- (the act of rotating as if on an axis; "the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music")

Sense 8
go, spell, tour, turn -- (a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work")
       => shift, work shift, duty period -- (the time period during which you are at work)

Sense 9
turn, bout, round -- ((sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive)
       => part, section, division -- (one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division")

Sense 10
act, routine, number, turn, bit -- (a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did")
       => performance, public presentation -- (a dramatic or musical entertainment; "they listened to ten different performances"; "the play ran for 100 performances"; "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity")

Sense 11
turn, good turn -- (a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn")
       => favor, favour -- (an act of gracious kindness)

Sense 12
turn -- (taking a short walk out and back; "we took a turn in the park")
       => walk -- (the act of walking somewhere; "he took a walk after lunch")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb turn

26 senses of turn

Sense 1
turn -- (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs")
       => move -- (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right")
          Phrasal Verb-> turn back#1; turn away#2; turn to#1

Sense 2
change state, turn -- (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election")
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")
          Phrasal Verb-> turn around#3; turn off#3

Sense 3
become, turn -- (undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor")
       => transform, transmute, metamorphose -- (change in outward structure or looks; "He transformed into a monster"; "The salesman metamorphosed into an ugly beetle")

Sense 4
turn -- (cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key"; "turn your palm this way")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 5
change by reversal, turn, reverse -- (change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern")
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")
          Phrasal Verb-> turn on#1; turn off#1

Sense 6
turn, move around -- (pass to the other side of; "turn the corner"; "move around the obstacle")
       => travel, go, move, locomote -- (change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast")

Sense 7
turn, grow -- (pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry")
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Sense 8
turn, release -- (let (something) fall or spill from a container; "turn the flour onto a plate")
       => transmit, transfer, transport, channel, channelize, channelise -- (send from one person or place to another; "transmit a message")

Sense 9
turn -- (move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning")
       => move -- (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right")

Sense 10
turn, turn over -- (cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 11
turn -- (to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion")
       => send, direct -- (cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation")

Sense 12
plow, plough, turn -- (to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring")
       => till -- (work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation; "till the soil")

Sense 13
turn -- (shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel")
       => shape, form -- (give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character")

Sense 14
turn -- (change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early")
       => turn, grow -- (pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry")
       => discolor, discolour, colour, color -- (change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored")

Sense 15
twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick -- (twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days")
       => injure, wound -- (cause injuries or bodily harm to)

Sense 16
turn -- (cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics; "The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him"; "The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 17
turn -- (accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels")
       => do, perform -- (get (something) done; "I did my job")

Sense 18
turn -- (get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year")
       => get, acquire -- (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work")

Sense 19
turn -- (cause to move along an axis or into a new direction; "turn your face to the wall"; "turn the car around"; "turn your dance partner around")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

Sense 20
turn -- (channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something; "The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction"; "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium")
       => send, direct -- (cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation")

Sense 21
flex, bend, deform, twist, turn -- (cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar")
       => change shape, change form, deform -- (assume a different shape or form)

Sense 22
turn -- (alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down")
       => operate, control -- (handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever")

Sense 23
turn -- (direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car")
       => aim, take, train, take aim, direct -- (point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent")

Sense 24
call on, turn -- (have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her"; "She turned to her relatives for help")
       => appeal, invoke -- (request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection; "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in times of trouble")

Sense 25
sour, turn, ferment, work -- (go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out")
       => change state, turn -- (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election")

Sense 26
turn -- (become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year")
       => senesce, age, get on, mature, maturate -- (grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"; "Young men senesce")

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