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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.
(Definition of turn from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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