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Meaning of “turn” - Learner’s Dictionary

turn

noun     /tɜːn/
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.Opportunity Freedom to act
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.Order and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutive
in turn one after another: He spoke to the three boys in turn.Order and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutive
CHANGE DIRECTION [C] B2 a change in the direction in which you are moving or facing: a right/left turn Revolving, rotating and spinningBending, twisting and curvingChanging direction
BEND [C] a bend or corner in a road, river, etc: Take the next turn on the right.Bending, twisting and curving
turn of events the way in which a situation develops, especially a sudden or unexpected changeOccurring and happening
take a turn for the better/worse to become better or worse suddenlyBecoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancingFailing and doing badly
do sb a good turn to do something to help someoneHelping and co-operating
the turn of the century the start of a new century →  See also U-turn Decades, centuries and the millennium
(Definition of turn noun from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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