Synonyms of turn in English:

turn


See definition of turn

verb

1‘the wheels were still turning’

SYNONYMS
go round, revolve, rotate, spin, go round and round, go round in circles, roll, circle, wheel, whirl, twirl, gyrate, swivel, spiral, pivot

2‘I turned and headed back the way I had come’

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change direction, turn round, change course, make a U-turn, reverse direction
swing round, wheel round, turn about

3‘the BMW turned the corner and vanished from sight’

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go round, pass round, sweep round, round
negotiate, take

4‘a narrow path that turned alternately to right and left’

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bend, curve, wind, twist, loop, meander, snake, zigzag

5‘he turned his pistol on Laidlaw’

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aim at, point at, level at, direct at, train at, focus on

6‘Wright turned his ankle in the first minute of the game’

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sprain, twist, rick, wrench
hurt, injure

7‘their dream honeymoon turned into a nightmare’

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become, develop into, prove to be, turn out to be
change into, be transformed into, metamorphose into

8‘Emmeline turned pale’

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become, go, grow, get, come to be

9‘he turned the house into three flats’

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convert, change, transform, make
adapt, modify, rebuild, reconstruct, refashion, remake, make over, restyle

10‘I've just turned forty’

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reach, reach the age of, get to, get to the age of, become, pass
informal hit

11‘the milk had turned’

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become sour, go sour, go off, sour, curdle, become rancid, go bad, spoil, taint

12‘in 1959, he turned to politics’

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take up, become involved with, get involved with, involve oneself in, begin to participate in, go in for, enter, become interested in, start doing, undertake
ANTONYMS

give up, drop

13‘we can now turn to another aspect of the problem’

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move on to, go on to, begin to consider, turn one's attention to, attend to, address oneself to, apply oneself to
pick up, take up, refer to

14‘she turned a clumsy somersault’

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perform, execute, do, carry out

15‘wooden objects turned on a lathe’

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fashion, make, shape, mould, cast, form

noun

1‘a turn of the wheel’

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rotation, revolution, spin, circle, whirl, twirl, gyration, swivel

2‘the vehicle slowed and made a turn to the left’

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change of direction, change of course, turning, veer, divergence

3‘they negotiated the sharp turn at the end of the narrow street’

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bend, corner, dog-leg, twist, zigzag
British hairpin bend

4‘slow down, we're approaching the turn’

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turning, junction, crossroads
North American turnout

5‘you'll get your turn in a minute’

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opportunity, chance, say
stint, spell, time
try, attempt
informal go, shot, stab, crack

6‘a highly entertaining comic turn’

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act, routine, performance, number, piece
show

7‘why don't you take a turn around the garden?’

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stroll, walk, saunter, amble, wander, airing, promenade
drive, ride, outing, excursion, jaunt
informal mosey, tootle, spin
British informal pootle
dated constitutional
rare perambulation

8‘you gave me quite a turn!’

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shock, start, surprise, jolt
fright, scare

9‘she had done me some good turns over the previous few months’

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service, deed, act, action
favour, act of kindness, kindness
disservice, wrong, harm, injury

Phrases

    turn someone against someone else

    ‘Helen turned him against his father’


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    make hostile to, set against, cause to dislike, cause to be unfriendly towards, prejudice against, influence against

    alienate from, drive a wedge between, estrange from

    ANTONYMS

    reconcile

    turn against someone

    ‘people had turned against him’


    SYNONYMS

    become hostile to, take a dislike to, become unsympathetic to, become disenchanted with, become disillusioned with

    ANTONYMS

    take someone's part, stand up for

    turn back

    ‘they turned back before reaching the church’


    SYNONYMS

    retrace one's steps, go back, return

    retreat

    ANTONYMS

    continue, carry on

    turn someone/something back

    ‘demonstrators attempted to storm the naval base, but were turned back by police’


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    repulse, drive back, fight back, force back, beat back, beat off, put to flight, repel

    turn someone away

    ‘reporters were turned away from the college’


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    refuse admittance to, send away

    reject, rebuff, repel, cold-shoulder

    informal

    send packing, give someone the brush-off

    ANTONYMS

    admit

    turn someone/something down

    1‘his novel was turned down by publisher after publisher’


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    reject, spurn, rebuff, refuse, decline, say no to

    informal

    give the thumbs down to, give the red light to

    British informal

    knock back

    ANTONYMS

    accept

    2‘Pete turned the sound down’


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    reduce, lower, decrease, lessen

    muffle, mute

    ANTONYMS

    turn up

    turn in

    ‘I think I'll turn in’


    SYNONYMS

    go to bed, retire, call it a day, go to sleep

    hit the hay, hit the sack

    British

    go up the stairs to Bedfordshire

    turn someone in

    ‘she turned her husband in to the police’


    SYNONYMS

    hand over, turn over

    betray, inform on, denounce, sell out, stab someone in the back

    informal

    split on, blow the whistle on, rat on, peach on, squeal on, squeak on

    British informal

    grass on, sneak on, shop

    North American informal

    rat out, drop a dime on, drop the dime on, finger

    Australian, New Zealand informal

    dob on, pimp on, pool, shelf, put someone's pot on

    rare

    delate

    turn off

    ‘they turned off the main road’


    SYNONYMS

    leave, branch off

    take a side road, take another road

    informal

    make a left, make a right, take a left, take a right

    North American informal

    hang a left, hang a right

    ANTONYMS

    join

    turn something in

    1‘the documents must be turned in at a licensing office’


    SYNONYMS

    hand in, hand over, give in, submit, tender, proffer, offer

    deliver

    return, give back, surrender, give up

    2‘he turned in a score of 199 not out’


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    achieve, attain, reach, make

    notch up, chalk up, rack up, register, record

    turn something off

    ‘she turned the light off and lay back on the bed’


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    switch off, turn out, put off, shut off, power down, flick off, extinguish, deactivate, trip

    unplug, disconnect

    informal

    kill, cut

    ANTONYMS

    turn on

    turn someone off

    ‘most people were turned off by the extreme sentimentality of the film’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    put off, leave someone cold, repel, disgust, revolt, nauseate, sicken, offend

    disenchant, alienate

    bore

    North American informal

    gross out

    ANTONYMS

    attract, arouse

    turn on

    ‘the decision turned on a principle of civil law’


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    depend on, rest on, hang on, hinge on, be contingent on, be decided by

    concern, revolve round, relate to

    turn someone on


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    informal

    arouse, sexually arouse, excite, stimulate, make someone feel sexually excited, make someone feel sexy, titillate

    please, attract

    informal

    give someone a thrill, get someone going, float someone's boat, do it for someone, light someone's fire, tickle someone's fancy

    ANTONYMS

    leave someone cold

    turn on someone

    ‘he turned on her with cold savagery’


    SYNONYMS

    attack, set on, fall on, launch an attack on, let fly at, lash out at, hit out at

    weigh into, round on, lose one's temper with

    informal

    lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, wade into, bite someone's head off, jump down someone's throat

    British informal

    have a go at

    North American informal

    light into

    turn someone out

    ‘her father turned her out of the house’


    SYNONYMS

    throw out, put out, eject, evict

    expel, oust, drive out, force out, drum out

    deport, banish

    informal

    kick out, chuck out, send packing, boot out, defenestrate, show someone the door, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear

    British informal

    turf out

    turn out

    1‘a huge crowd turned out to cheer the home team’


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    come, go, be present, attend, put in an appearance, appear, turn up, arrive

    assemble, gather

    informal

    show up

    2‘it turned out that she had been two-timing him’


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    transpire, prove to be the case, emerge, come to light, become known, become apparent, be revealed, be disclosed

    3‘things didn't quite turn out as I'd intended’


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    happen, occur, come about

    develop, evolve

    work out, come out, end up, result

    informal

    pan out

    rare

    eventuate

    turn something on

    ‘she turned on the TV’


    SYNONYMS

    switch on, put on, power up, flick on

    plug in

    start up, boot up, activate, cause to operate

    ANTONYMS

    turn off

    turn something out

    1‘he turned out the light’


    SYNONYMS

    switch off, turn off, put off, shut off, flick off

    extinguish

    unplug, disconnect

    ANTONYMS

    turn on

    2‘the firm turns out a million meters a year’


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    produce, make, manufacture, fabricate, assemble, put together, process, bring out, put out, churn out

    3‘she had taken it into her head to turn out the kitchen cupboards’


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    clear out, clean out, empty, empty out

    turn over

    ‘the little dinghy turned over on the lake’


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    overturn, upturn, capsize, keel over, turn turtle, roll over, be upended

    turn someone's stomach

    ‘the sight of all that blood turned her stomach’


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    nauseate, cause to feel sick, cause to feel nauseous, sicken, make sick, make someone's gorge rise, make someone's stomach rise

    informal

    make someone want to throw up

    turn something over

    1‘I quickly turned over the first few pages’


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    flip over, flick over, flick through, leaf through

    2‘she turned the proposal over in her mind’


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    think about, think over, consider, weigh up, ponder, contemplate, reflect on, chew over, mull over, muse on, ruminate on, give thought to

    archaic

    pore on

    3‘he turned over the retail side of the business to his brother’


    SYNONYMS

    transfer, hand over, pass on, give, consign, assign, commit

    turn something up

    1‘she turned up the volume’


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    increase, raise, amplify, make louder, intensify

    ANTONYMS

    turn down

    2‘they turned up a bit of information about his life’


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    discover, uncover, unearth, bring to light, find, hit on, dig up, ferret out, root out, expose

    3‘I had turned up the hem of my skirt’


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    take up, raise

    shorten

    ANTONYMS

    let down

    at every turn

    ‘her name seemed to come up at every turn’


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    repeatedly, recurrently, all the time, always, continually, constantly, on every occasion, again and again, over and over again

    turn to someone/something

    1‘they turned to the social services’


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    seek help from, have recourse to, approach, apply to, look to, appeal to

    2‘he turned to drink’


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    take to, resort to, have recourse to

    ANTONYMS

    give up, abstain from

    turn up

    1‘all the missing documents had turned up’


    SYNONYMS

    be found, be discovered, be located, come to light

    reappear

    ANTONYMS

    disappear, go missing

    2‘a couple of policemen turned up’


    SYNONYMS

    arrive, put in an appearance, make an appearance, appear, be present, present oneself, turn out

    informal

    show up, show, show one's face

    ANTONYMS

    stay away

    3‘wait and see—something better will turn up’


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    present itself, occur, happen, crop up

    in turn

    ‘let's consider these three points in turn’


    SYNONYMS

    one after the other, one by one, one at a time, in succession, successively, sequentially, in order

    seriatim

    take a turn for the worse

    ‘Anglo-French relations had taken a turn for the worse’


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    deteriorate, get worse, grow worse, worsen, decline, retrogress

    informal

    go downhill

    to a turn

    ‘beefburgers done to a turn’


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    perfectly, just right, exactly right, to perfection

    informal

    to a T

    take a turn for the better

    ‘his fortunes took a turn for the better in 1988’


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    improve, get better, pick up, look up, perk up, rally, turn a corner, turn the corner

    recover, revive

    turn of events

    ‘she was utterly unprepared for this turn of events’


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    development, incident, occurrence, happening, circumstance, phenomenon

    turn over a new leaf

    ‘I see fatherhood as a chance to turn over a new leaf’


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    reform, improve, amend

    mend one's ways, become a better person, change completely, make a fresh start, change for the better, reconstruct oneself

    informal

    go straight, get back on the straight and narrow

    ANTONYMS

    backslide

    turn of phrase

    ‘it's not exactly a turn of phrase that trips off the tongue’


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    expression, idiom, choice of words

    word, phrase, term, locution

    turn of mind

    ‘those of us of a less scientific turn of mind’


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    bent, disposition, inclination, tendency, propensity, bias, way of thinking

    aptitude, talent, gift, flair

    turn tail

    ‘I was so shocked I just turned tail and ran home as fast as I could’


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    run away, flee, bolt, make off, take to one's heels, show someone a clean pair of heels, cut and run, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat

    informal

    scram, scarper, skedaddle, vamoose

    ANTONYMS

    stand one's ground