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English definition of “turn up”

turn up

verb uk phrasal verb with turn   /tɜːn/ us    /tɝːn/

(HAPPEN)

informal If a better situation or an opportunity to do something turns up, it happens or becomes available unexpectedly or in a way that was not planned: Don't worry about it - something will turn up, you'll see. This job turned up just when I needed it.

(FIND)

If something that you have been looking for turns up, you find it unexpectedly: The missing letter eventually turned up inside a book.
(Definition of turn up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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