take turns

idiomatic phrase

variants also British take it in turns
: to do something one after another in regular succession in order to share the responsibility or opportunity of doing it : alternate
We take turns washing the dishes.
Almost immediately, Rick and Diane begin videotaping their classroom lessons, letting their students take turns with the cameras.Ann Bradley
Several youths were around the phone, taking it in turns to gossip and joke with the operator.Christopher Isherwood

Examples of take turns in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since becoming a dad to twins in 2020, he’s joined the 5 a.m. club and takes turns doing kids’ drop-off with his wife—who also works at Farmer J in marketing. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 6 Apr. 2024 The third lawsuit alleged Combs and singer-songwriter Aaron Hall took turns raping a plaintiff and her friend following an Uptown Records event in 1990. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 Members were encouraged to start families and took turns watching over each other’s kids. Olivia B. Waxman, TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 In documents obtained by PEOPLE, another Jane Doe, who has since revealed herself as Liza Gardner, alleged that Combs and singer-songwriter Aaron Hall took turns raping her and a friend in New York City more than 30 years ago. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 Outside, her students take turns trying the glasses on and looking up at the sun. Lee V. Gaines, NPR, 25 Mar. 2024 The children, who attend school in a diverse, middle-class suburb east of Columbus, broke into small groups and took turns sharing prayer requests. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 25 Mar. 2024 Volunteers take turns working shifts at the clinic. USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024 Holmes and others on the mammal staff take turns feeding and holding the infant around the clock. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take turns was in 1613

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“Take turns.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20turns. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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