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turn over

verb

Definition of turn over

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to turn from an upright position :  overturnb :  rotate <turn over a stiff valve with a wrench>; also :  to cause (an internal combustion engine) to begin firing

    2. 2 :  to search (as clothes or papers) by lifting or moving one by one

    3. 3 :  to read or examine (as a book) slowly or idly

    4. 4 :  deliver, surrender <I'm turning the job over to you>; also :  to lose possession of <turned the ball over three times>

    5. 5a :  to receive and dispose of (a stock of merchandise)b :  to do business to the amount of <turning over $1000 a week>

    6. intransitive verb
    7. 1 :  upset, capsize

    8. 2a :  rotateb of an engine :  to have crankshaft rotation especially by external means (as by a starter) <the engine turned over but didn't start>

    9. 3a of one's stomach :  to heave with nauseab of one's heart :  to seem to leap or lurch convulsively with sudden fright

    turn over a new leaf

    1. :  to make a change for the better especially in one's way of living



    Examples of turn over in a sentence

    1. <reluctantly turned the ship over to the first mate while he went below to try to stop the leak>

    2. <turned the evidence over to the police>



    14th Century

    First Known Use of turn over

    14th century



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