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noun (TIME TO DO STH)    /tɜːn/ US  /tɝːn/
B1 [C] an opportunity or a duty to do something at a particular time or in a particular order, before or after other people: Is it my turn yet? [+ to infinitive] I waited so long for my turn to see the careers adviser that I missed my train. It's your turn to do the washing up! In this game if you give the wrong answer you have to miss a turn. → Compare go nounOpportunity Freedom to act take turns B2 (UK also take it in turn(s)) When a number of people take turns, they do the same thing one after the other: We take turns to answer the phone.Replacing and exchanging in turn C1 (also by turns) one after the other in an agreed order: Each of us collects the mail in turn.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
(Definition of turn noun (TIME TO DO STH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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