churn Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “churn” in the English Dictionary

"churn" in British English

See all translations

churnverb

uk   /tʃɜːn/  us   /tʃɝːn/

churn verb (MOVE/MIX)

[T] (also churn up) to ​move something, ​especially a ​liquid, with ​greatforce: The ​sea was churned up by ​heavywinds. [T] to ​mixmilk until it ​becomesbutter [I] If ​yourstomach is churning, you ​feelill, usually because you are ​nervous: I had my ​drivingtest that ​morning and my ​stomach was churning.

churn verb (CUSTOMERS)

[I or T] specialized business If ​customers churn between different ​companies that ​provide a ​particularservice, they ​changerepeatedly from one to another.
Phrasal verbs

churnnoun

uk   /tʃɜːn/  us   /tʃɝːn/

churn noun (CONTAINER)

[C] a ​largecontainer for ​transportingmilk or for making ​milk into ​butter: a ​milk churn a ​butter churn

churn noun (CUSTOMERS)

[S or U] specialized (also churn rate) business the ​number of ​customers who ​decide to ​stop using a ​serviceoffered by one ​company and to use another ​company, usually because it ​offers a ​betterservice or ​price: Internet and ​cabletelevisioncompaniessuffer from a high churn ​rate.
(Definition of churn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"churn" in American English

See all translations

churnverb [I/T]

 us   /tʃɜrn/
to move ​violently: [I] The ​water was churning and the ​boat was ​rocking. [M] The ​fish churned up the ​water when we ​threw them some ​food. [T] fig. Seeing the ​caraheadflip over churned his ​stomach. To churn ​buttermeans to ​beatcream until it ​turns into ​butter using a ​specialcontainer.
Phrasal verbs

churnnoun [C]

 us   /tʃɜrn/
a ​container in which ​cream is made into ​butter
(Definition of churn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"churn" in Business English

See all translations

churnnoun [U]

uk   us   /tʃɜːn/ (also churning)
COMMERCE, MARKETING the ​situation in which ​customersstopbuying the ​products or ​services of a particular ​company, especially to ​buy them from a ​competitor: Preventing customer churn is a ​majorconcern for ​mobileserviceproviders, since 20-40% of ​customersleave their ​providers in a given ​year.
HR the ​situation in which ​employeesleave their ​job and are ​replaced by new ​employees: Employee churn for new ​hiresincreased by 33% for the third ​straightyear.

churnverb

uk   us   /tʃɜːn/
[I or T] COMMERCE, MARKETING to ​stopbuying the ​products or ​services of a particular ​company, especially in ​order to ​buy them from a ​competitor
[I or T] HR to ​frequentlyreplaceemployees with new ​employees
[T] STOCK MARKET if stockbrokers churn ​investments or churn a client's ​account in ​order to make more ​money in commissions, they ​illegallybuy and ​sell the client's ​investments more often than necessary: The ​commissionfound that he ​violated the antifraud ​provisions of the securities ​laws when he churned three ​customeraccounts.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of churn from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of churn?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“churn” in Business English

Word of the Day

conker

the shiny brown poisonous nut of a horse chestnut tree

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More