He turned the key and opened the door.
She slowly turned the doorknob. Turn the steering wheel all the way to the left.
Someone turned the switch and the lights came on.
They turned and walked away.
She turned to leave—but stopped.
He turned aside to let me pass.
The patient turned onto his side.
The photographer asked her to turn slightly to her left.
He turned himself around to see the back of his shirt in the mirror. Noun
You have to wait your turn in line.
Is it my turn yet?
Give the wheel another turn.
He tightened the screw with one last turn.
With a turn of the switch, the lights came back on.
Take a left-hand turn at the next intersection.
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Francis, the first pope from the Americas, turns 87 next month and has battled ill health for years, canceling multiple engagements and appearing in public in a wheelchair.—Claudio Lavanga, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2023 But noting that his team has turned the ball over just eight times, Betofe likes his side’s chances.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 The charging dock, which doubles as a speaker, turns this tablet into a smart display.—Medea Giordano, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 In 2007, when Kip was about to turn twenty-five, he was transferred into the adult prison system, and ever since he has been confined at the Oregon State Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Salem.—Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 The novel is notorious for its jarring third-act swerve, when Eileen’s budding friendship with her office’s glamorous new psychiatrist, Rebecca (played in the film by Anne Hathaway), turns into something much darker, hurtling toward a swift and shocking final scene.—Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Nov. 2023 Several people spoke out against the idea of turning the Buffalo National River into a national park and preserve.—Bill Bowden, arkansasonline.com, 26 Nov. 2023 Krasinski’s role was a nod to Marvel fans’ pleas to cast him as the hero in the years following Disney’s acquisition — with his wife, Emily Blunt, as the fan favorite to play Susan Storm, aka the Invisible Woman, who gains the ability to project powerful force fields and turn invisible at will.—Jordan Moreau, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 Beautiful, unique, and continuing the sparkling geode dessert trend, this recipe teaches you the surprisingly simple technique that turns rock candy into crystal magic.—Su-Jit Lin, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Nov. 2023
As CDs in turn gave way to downloads and then to streaming, the cassette faded from the mainstream, but found refuge on the fringes, in the basements and bedrooms, the backs of zines and the depths of Bandcamp, the merch table in the alcove at the club (and, more recently, at Urban Outfitters).—Jon Michaud, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 Additionally, wildlife such as small mammals, birds, lizards, and amphibians rely on these insects as their own food source which in turn creates a perfectly balanced ecosystem.—Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 And Dodi in turn is treated as a spineless daddy’s boy whose inability to read the room ultimately dooms himself and his relatively new girlfriend.—Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2023 Paramount, in turn, fired back with its own counterclaim for breach of contract, arguing that WBD is claiming violations of terms that weren’t agreed-upon in the deal.—Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023 What that spacing does is provide a stable ferromagnetic structure in the crystal, which in turn promotes an inherent characteristic of the crystal called magnetic anisotropy.—IEEE Spectrum, 15 Nov. 2023 New Orleans has a huge Vietnamese population, and in turn, a lot of Vietnamese restaurants, but Lilly’s is one of very few non-fusion Vietnamese restaurants in this walkable section of New Orleans.—Ana Castro, Bon Appétit, 15 Nov. 2023 Over time, these habits can lead to a higher body fat percentage and, in turn, a higher risk for type 2 diabetes.—Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 15 Nov. 2023 Rising temperatures directly affect the growth and survival of trees and, in turn, their ability to store carbon.
Forests on the move
As atmospheric warming frees trees from the icy grip of cold temperatures, adult trees can respond by growing faster.—David J. Cooper, The Conversation, 3 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English; partly from Old English tyrnan & turnian to turn, from Medieval Latin tornare, from Latin, to turn on a lathe, from tornus lathe, from Greek tornos; partly from Anglo-French turner, tourner to turn, from Medieval Latin tornare; akin to Latin terere to rub — more at throw entry 1
Middle English; partly from Anglo-French tur, tourn turning, circuit (from turner to turn); partly from Middle English turnen to turn