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turn over


Synonyms and Antonyms of turn over

  1. 1 to give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress <reluctantly turned the ship over to the first mate while he went below to try to stop the leak> Synonyms cede, cough up, deliver, give up, hand over, lay down, relinquish, render, turn in, surrender, yieldRelated Words commit, consign, entrust (also intrust), transfer; forfeit, release, waive; abnegate, renounce, resign; abandon, desert, discard, forsake, part (with), shedNear Antonyms keep, retain, withhold

  2. 2 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another <turned the evidence over to the police> Synonyms commend, commit, confide, consign, delegate, deliver, entrust (also intrust), give over, hand, hand over, leave, pass, recommend, repose, transfer, transmit, trust, give, vestRelated Words confer, grant; assign, deal (out), dispense, disperse, distribute, divide; hand in, release, relinquish, submit, surrender, turn in, yield; bequeath, hand down, hand on, will; advance, lend, loan; furnish, supply; recommit, redeliver, regive, retransfer, retransmitNear Antonyms detain, hold back, reserve, withhold; own, possess; accept, receive, take in; occupy, take, take overAntonyms hold, keep, retain

  3. 3 to turn on one's side or upside down <don't try to tell me the bucket turned over all by itself> Synonyms overturn, capsize, upsetRelated Words invert, overset, overthrow, pitchpole, topple, tump (over) [chiefly Southern], upend; careen, heel, keel, lean, list, tilt, tip; collapse, fall, founder, giveNear Antonyms stand up, straighten (up); erect, raiseAntonyms right

  4. 4 to change the position of (an object) so that the opposite side or end is showing <would you mind turning the picture over so I can see if the backing needs to be replaced> Synonyms flip, invert, reverseRelated Words transpose; exchange, interchange, shift, switch; overturn, upset

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