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noun turn·over \ˈtərn-ˌō-vər\

Simple Definition of turnover

  • : the amount of money that is received in sales by a store or company

  • : the rate at which people leave a place, company, etc., and are replaced by others

  • : the rate at which the goods in a store are sold and replaced by other goods

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of turnover

  1. 1 :  an act or result of turning over :  upset

  2. 2 :  a turning from one side, place, or direction to its opposite :  shift, reversal

  3. 3 :  a reorganization with a view to a shift in personnel :  shake-up

  4. 4 :  something that is turned over

  5. 5 :  a filled pastry made by folding half of the crust over the other half

  6. 6 :  the amount of business done; especially :  the volume of shares traded on a stock exchange

  7. 7a :  movement (as of goods or people) into, through, and out of a placeb (1) :  a cycle of purchase, sale, and replacement of a stock of goods (2) :  the ratio of sales for a stated period to average inventory (3) :  the amount received in sales for a stated periodc :  the number of persons hired within a period to replace those leaving or dropped from a workforce; also :  the ratio of this number to the number in the average force maintained

  8. 8 :  the continuous process of loss and replacement of a constituent (as a cell or tissue) of a living system

  9. 9 :  the act or an instance of a team's losing possession of a ball through error or a minor violation of the rules (as in basketball or football)

Examples of turnover in a sentence

  1. The company had an increase in turnover this quarter.

  2. The company has a high turnover rate.

  3. We want to find ways to speed up inventory turnover.

14th Century

First Known Use of turnover

14th century



adjective turn·over

Definition of turnover

  1. :  capable of being turned over

TURNOVER Defined for Kids


noun turn·over \ˈtərn-ˌō-vər\

Definition of turnover for Students

  1. :  a filled pastry with one half of the crust turned over the other

Medical Dictionary


noun turn·over \ˈtər-ˌnō-vər\

Medical Definition of turnover

  1. :  the continuous process of loss and replacement of a constituent (as a neurotransmitter, cell, or tissue) of a living system <protein turnover in various pathological states—J. C. Waterlow> <hyperthyroidism accelerates bone turnover and shortens the normal bone remodeling cycle—Richard Sadovsky>

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