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English definition of “turn”


verb [I or T] (CHANGE DIRECTION)    /tɜːn/ US  /tɝːn/
A2 to ( cause to) change the direction in which you are facing or moving : Turn right at the traffic lights . The path twists and turns for the next half mile . We have to turn down/into/up the next road on the right . Plants tend to turn towards the source of light . She turned to face him. He turned round and waved to us. He turned on his heel (= turned quickly to face the opposite direction ) and left the room . The person on my left turned to me and whispered "Not another speech !" His wife tried to speak to him, but he turned his back (on her)/turned away (from her) (= moved himself round and away from her to show his anger ). At about three o'clock, the tide started to turn (= the sea started to come closer to or move away from the beach ). He turned his head to me to listen . I'll just turn the car round and go back the way we've come. We watched until the car had turned (= gone round) the corner . The army turned their guns on (= pointed them at and started to shoot at) the protesters . She can turn (= perform ) a somersault .Changing direction
(Definition of turn verb (CHANGE DIRECTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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