Meaning of “turn” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /tɜːn/
Extra Examples
Whose turn is it to deal?It's your turn to buy the drinks - come on, cough up!Right, who's turn is it to tidy up?It's your turn to buy the next round.Each player takes a turn to throw the dice.
TIME [ C ]

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

[ + to do sth ] It's your turn to feed the rabbit - I did it yesterday.
You'll have to be patient and wait your turn.
take turns also UK take it in turns

B2 If two or more people take turns, one person does something, then another person does something, etc.:

[ + doing sth ] They all took turns carrying the suitcase.
[ + to do sth ] The children took it in turns to hold the baby.
in turn

one after another:

He spoke to the three boys in turn.

B2 a change in the direction in which you are moving or facing:

a right/left turn
BEND [ C ]

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

Take the next turn on the right.
turn of events

the way in which a situation develops, especially a sudden or unexpected change

take a turn for the better/worse
do sb a good turn

to do something to help someone

the turn of the century

the start of a new century

→ See also U-turn

(Definition of “turn noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)