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")

Antonyms of adj turned

2 senses of turned

Sense 1
turned (vs. unturned) -- (moved around an axis or center)

unturned (vs. turned) -- (not turned; "left no stone unturned")
        => right-side-out (predicate) -- (of fabric or clothing)
        => right-side-up (predicate) -- (of objects having a top and bottom)

Sense 2
off, sour, turned -- (in an unpalatable state; "sour milk")

INDIRECT (VIA soured) -> unsoured -- (not having turned bad)

Similarity of adj turned

2 senses of turned

Sense 1
turned (vs. unturned) -- (moved around an axis or center)
       => inverted, upside-down -- (being in such a position that top and bottom are reversed; "a quotation mark is sometimes called an inverted comma"; "an upside-down cake")
       => overturned, upset, upturned -- (having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom; "an overturned car"; "the upset pitcher of milk"; "sat on an upturned bucket")
       => reversed -- (turned inside out and resewn; "the reversed collar looked as good as new")
       => rotated, revolved -- (turned in a circle around an axis)
       => wrong-side-out (predicate), inside-out (predicate) -- (with the inside surface on the outside)

Sense 2
off, sour, turned -- (in an unpalatable state; "sour milk")
       => soured (vs. unsoured) -- (having turned bad)

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