Synonyms of turn


1. bend, crook, twist, turn, curve, curved shape

usage: a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"

2. turn, turning, change of course

usage: the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right"

3. turn, play, activity

usage: (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"

4. turn, turn of events, twist, development

usage: an unforeseen development; "events suddenly took an awkward turn"

5. turning, turn, movement, motion

usage: a movement in a new direction; "the turning of the wind"

6. turn, change of direction, reorientation

usage: the act of turning away or in the opposite direction; "he made an abrupt turn away from her"

7. twist, turn, rotation, rotary motion

usage: turning or twisting around (in place); "with a quick twist of his head he surveyed the room"

8. go, spell, tour, turn, shift, work shift, duty period

usage: a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work"

9. turn, bout, round, part, section, division

usage: (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive

10. act, routine, number, turn, bit, performance, public presentation

usage: a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"

11. turn, good turn, favor, favour

usage: a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn"

12. turn, walk

usage: taking a short walk out and back; "we took a turn in the park"


1. turn, move

usage: change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

2. change state, turn, change

usage: undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

3. become, turn, transform, transmute, metamorphose

usage: undergo a change or development; "The water turned into ice"; "Her former friend became her worst enemy"; "He turned traitor"

4. turn, move, displace

usage: cause to move around or rotate; "turn a key"; "turn your palm this way"

5. change by reversal, turn, reverse, change

usage: change to the contrary; "The trend was reversed"; "the tides turned against him"; "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"

6. turn, move around, travel, go, move, locomote

usage: pass to the other side of; "turn the corner"; "move around the obstacle"

7. turn, grow, change

usage: pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry"

8. turn, release, transmit, transfer, transport, channel, channelize, channelise

usage: let (something) fall or spill from a container; "turn the flour onto a plate"

9. turn, move

usage: move around an axis or a center; "The wheels are turning"

10. turn, turn over, move, displace

usage: cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; "turn a page of a book"

11. turn, send, direct

usage: to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"

12. plow, plough, turn, till

usage: to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; "Farmer Jones plowed his east field last week"; "turn the earth in the Spring"

13. turn, shape, form

usage: shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"

14. turn, turn, grow, discolor, discolour, colour, color

usage: change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"

15. twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick, injure, wound

usage: twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"

16. turn, change, alter, modify

usage: cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics; "The princess turned the frog into a prince by kissing him"; "The alchemists tried to turn lead into gold"

17. turn, do, perform

usage: accomplish by rotating; "turn a somersault"; "turn cartwheels"

18. turn, get, acquire

usage: get by buying and selling; "the company turned a good profit after a year"

19. turn, move, displace

usage: cause to move along an axis or into a new direction; "turn your face to the wall"; "turn the car around"; "turn your dance partner around"

20. turn, send, direct

usage: channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something; "The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction"; "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium"

21. flex, bend, deform, twist, turn, change shape, change form, deform

usage: cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar"

22. turn, operate, control

usage: alter the functioning or setting of; "turn the dial to 10"; "turn the heat down"

23. turn, aim, take, train, take aim, direct

usage: direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car"

24. call on, turn, appeal, invoke

usage: have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; "She called on her Representative to help her"; "She turned to her relatives for help"

25. sour, turn, ferment, work, change state, turn

usage: go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"

26. turn, senesce, age, get on, mature, maturate

usage: become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year"

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