Translation of "turn" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /tɜːn/ us /tɜrn/

A2 to change direction when you are moving, or to make a car do this

Turn left at the traffic lights.
I turned the car into the drive.

B1 to move your body so that you are facing a different direction

darse la vuelta
Ricky turned and saw Sue standing in the doorway.

B1 to move a page in a book or magazine in order to see the next one

I offered to turn the pages for the pianist.
Turn to page 35.

to move around a central point in a circle, or to make something do this

Turn the steering wheel as quickly as you can.
turn blue, cold, etc.

to become blue, cold, etc.

ponerse azul, frío, etc.
The sky turned black and it started to rain.
not turn a hair

to not show any emotion when you are told something bad or when something bad happens

no inmutarse
I was expecting him to be horrified when he heard the cost but he didn’t turn a hair.
turn a deaf ear

to ignore someone when they complain or ask for something

hacer caso omiso
In the past they’ve tended to turn a deaf ear to such requests.
turn tail

to turn around and run away, usually because you are frightened

poner pies en polvorosa
As soon as they saw we had guns, they turned tail and ran away.
noun uk /tɜːn/ us /tɜrn/

a bend or corner in a road, river, etc.

curva, desvío, bocacalle
Take the next turn on the right.

B1 the time when you can or must do something, usually before or after someone else

It’s your turn to clean the flat.
You’ll have to be patient and wait / your turn.
take turns UK also take it in turns

If two or more people take turns, one person does something, then another person does something, etc.

Mum and Dad take turns cooking.

a change in the direction in which you are moving or facing

vuelta, giro
a right/left turn
in turn

one after another

uno por uno
He spoke to the three boys in turn.

(Translation of “turn” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /təːn/

to (make something) move or go round; to revolve

The wheels turned
He turned the handle.

to face or go in another direction

dar media vuelta, girarse
He turned and walked away
She turned towards him.

to change direction

The road turned to the left.

to direct; to aim or point

dirigir; desviar
He turned his attention to his work.

to go round

They turned the corner.

to (cause something to) become or change to

volverse, convertirse, transformarse
You can’t turn lead into gold
At what temperature does water turn into ice?

to (cause to) change colour/color to

Her hair turned white
The shock turned his hair white.
turning-point noun

a place where a turn is made

punto decisivo, coyuntura crítica
the turning-point in the race
a turning-point in his life.
turnover noun

the total value of sales in a business during a certain time

facturación, volumen de ventas
The firm had a turnover of $100,000 last year.

the rate at which money or workers pass through a business.

rotación de personal
turnpike noun

( American) a large road where traffic can travel fast and that drivers have to pay a toll (= fee) to use.

Autopista de Peaje
turnstile noun

a revolving gate which allows only one person to pass at a time, usually after payment of entrance fees etc

There is a turnstile at the entrance to the football ground.
turntable noun

the revolving part of a record-player on which the record rests while it is being played

plato, giradiscos
He put another record on the turntable so that people could dance to the music.
turn-up noun

a piece of material which is folded up at the bottom of a trouser-leg

Trousers with turn-ups are not fashionable at the moment.
do (someone) a good turn

to do something helpful for someone

hacer un favor a alguien
He did me several good turns.
in turn ( by turns)

one after another, in regular order

por turnos, sucesivamente
They answered the teacher’s questions in turn.
out of turn

out of the correct order.

fuera de lugar; fuera de orden
speak out of turn

to speak without permission in class etc.

hablar sin permiso

to say something when it is not your place to say it or something you should not have said.

hablar fuera de lugar
take a turn for the better/worse

(of things or people) to become better or worse

mejorar/empeorar; volverse mejor/peor; dar un giro para mejor/peor
His fortunes have taken a turn for the better
Her health has taken a turn for the worse.
take turns

(of two or more people) to do something one after the other, not at the same time

turnarse, relevarse
They took turns to look after the baby.
turn a blind eye

to pretend not to see or notice (something)

hacer la vista gorda
Because he works so hard, his boss turns a blind eye when he comes in late.
turn against phrasal verb

to become dissatisfied with or hostile to (people or things that one previously liked etc)

volverse contra, ponerse en contra
He turned against his friends.
turn away phrasal verb

to move or send away

rechazar; desviar(se), apartar(se)
He turned away in disgust
The police turned away the crowds.
turn back phrasal verb

to (cause to) go back in the opposite direction

(hacer) retroceder/volver, volverse atrás
He got tired and turned back
The travellers were turned back at the frontier.
turn down phrasal verb

to say ’no’ to; to refuse

declinar, rechazar
He turned down her offer/request.

to reduce (the level of light, noise etc) produced by (something)

bajar, disminuir
Please turn down (the volume on) the radio – it’s far too loud!
turn in phrasal verb

to hand over (a person or thing) to people in authority

They turned the escaped prisoner in to the police.
turn loose

to set free

liberar, soltar
He turned the horse loose in the field.
turn off phrasal verb

to cause (water, electricity etc) to stop flowing

cerrar, apagar, desconectar, cortar
I’ve turned off the water / the electricity.

to turn (a tap, switch etc) so that something stops

cerrar, apagar
I turned off the tap.

to cause (something) to stop working by switching it off

He turned off the light / the oven.
turn on phrasal verb

to make water, electric current etc flow

abrir, encender, conectar
He turned on the water / the gas.

to turn (a tap, switch etc) so that something works

abrir, encender
I turned on the tap.

to cause (something) to work by switching it on

He turned on the radio.

to attack

The dog turned on him.
turn out phrasal verb

to send away; to make (someone) leave

echar, expulsar
She turned her son out of the house.

to make or produce

The factory turns out ten finished articles an hour.

to empty or clear

I turned out the cupboard.

(of a crowd) to come out; to get together for a (public) meeting, celebration etc

salir a la calle; asistir, acudir
A large crowd turned out to see the procession.

to turn off

Turn out the light!

to happen or prove to be

He turned out to be right
It turned out that he was right.
turn over phrasal verb

to give (something) up (to)

He turned the money over to the police.
turn up phrasal verb

to appear or arrive

aparecer; presentarse, venir
He turned up at our house.

to be found

Don’t worry – it’ll turn up again.

to increase (the level of noise, light etc) produced by (something)

subir, poner más alto
Turn up (the volume on) the radio.

(Translation of “turn” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)