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Synonyms for turn

change course


flick through





go bad


make rancid


by turns


take a turn for the better

take a turn for the worse

turn against someone


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

turn back


turn in

turn off


  • branch off
  • leave
  • quit
  • depart from
  • deviate
  • change direction
  • take a side road
  • take another road

turn on someone


turn on something


turn out: prove to be


turn someone against something or someone


  • make hostile to
  • set against
  • prejudice against
  • alienate from
  • drive a wedge between
  • influence against
  • estrange from
  • cause to dislike
  • cause to be unfriendly towards

turn someone away


turn someone in


turn someone off


turn someone on


turn someone on to something


turn something down: refuse


turn something down: lower


turn something on someone


turn something or someone back


turn something out: turn off

turn something over: flip over


turn something over: consider


start up


turn something up: increase


turn to someone


turn to something


turn up: arrive

turn up: come to light

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

Synonyms for turn

to move or cause to move in circles or around an axis

to spade or dig (soil) to bring the undersoil to the surface

to make or become less sharp-edged


to twist and turn, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment

to injure a (bodily part) by twisting


to disturb the health or physiological functioning of

to change the direction or course of

to cause to move, especially at an angle

to swerve from a straight line

to change to the opposite position, direction, or course

to make or become different

to abandon one's cause or party usually to join another

to move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something

to become or cause to become rotten or unsound

to look to when in need

to come to be

turn down: to be unwilling to accept, consider, or receive

turn down: to be unwilling to grant

turn down: to prevent or forbid authoritatively

turn in: to commit to the consideration or judgment of another


turn in: to go to bed

turn off: to be very disagreeable to

turn on: to be determined by or contingent on something unknown, uncertain, or changeable

turn on: to arouse the interest and attention of

turn out: to supply what is needed for some activity or purpose

turn out: to leave one's bed

turn over: to spade or dig (soil) to bring the undersoil to the surface


turn over: to turn or cause to turn from a vertical or horizontal position

turn over: to relinquish to the possession or control of another

turn over: to put in the charge of another for care, use, or performance

turn over: to direct (a person) elsewhere for help or information

turn up: to find by investigation

turn up: to come to a particular place

turn upon: to be determined by or contingent on something unknown, uncertain, or changeable

circular movement around a point or about an axis

a calculated change in position

something bent

an often sudden change or departure, as in a trend

a limited, often assigned period of activity, duty, or opportunity

a course, process, or journey that ends where it began or repeats itself

a usually brief and regular journey on foot, especially for exercise

The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Synonyms for turn

a circular segment of a curve

(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

an unforeseen development

Related Words

the act of turning away or in the opposite direction

turning or twisting around (in place)

a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)

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

a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

a favor for someone


Related Words

taking a short walk out and back

Related Words

undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

cause to move around or rotate

pass to the other side of


pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute


let (something) fall or spill from a container

move around an axis or a center

cause to move around a center so as to show another side of


to send or let go

Related Words

to break and turn over earth especially with a plow

shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel

Related Words

change color

twist suddenly so as to sprain

cause to change or turn into something different

accomplish by rotating

Related Words

get by buying and selling

cause to move along an axis or into a new direction

channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something

Related Words

cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

alter the functioning or setting of

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direct at someone

have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to


Related Words

go sour or spoil

become officially one year older

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
"Oh, let us turn and turn and turn until we find the air hole and then glue our mouths to it!"
Nevertheless, I had sufficient lucidity left to understand that, if the grasshopper were turned, it would hop...and with it many members of the human race!
Upon that the Grandmother turned sharply to the General.
Then she turned to the landlord, and questioned him as to whether HE would not have fought a duel, if challenged.
With a cry of terror the foremost gorilla-man turned to escape, but behind him he ran full upon his on-rushing companions.
The Sagoth nearest the cave bear, finding his escape blocked, turned and leaped deliberately to an awful death upon the jagged rocks three hundred feet below.
Edna nodded carelessly, though inwardly anxious and cudgelling her brains for something to turn the conversation.
"Ah, yes, indeed; yes indeed--most remarkable, most remarkable!" said the professor; "but I can add nothing further to what I have already remarked in elucidation of this truly momentous occurrence," and the professor turned slowly in the direction of the jungle.
For a minute she listened intently; then she turned and swept into the dining room.
"I shall never hurt your heart," she said; and suddenly turned her back on Magdalen as she spoke the words.
With a groan I turned away and buried my face in my arms.
I turned and surveyed the unsavoury length of the ship.
Nor has this thy whale sunwards turned his dying head, and then gone round again, without a lesson to me.
She turned from the shadowy abyss of the dark water as if the mystery and the gloom of it had been answerable for the emotions which had taken her by surprise.
Seeing he could not escape, he turned round, and said: "I know, friend Wolf, that I must be your prey, but before I die I would ask of you one favor you will play me a tune to which I may dance." The Wolf complied, and while he was piping and the Kid was dancing, some hounds hearing the sound ran up and began chasing the Wolf.