turn away

verb
turned away; turning away; turns away

Definition of turn away

transitive verb

1a : to refuse admittance or acceptance to
b : to send away : reject, dismiss
c : repel

intransitive verb

: to start to go away : depart

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of turn away in a Sentence

using tree branches, the campers were able to turn away the charging fox, which was apparently rabid
Recent Examples on the Web But commercial aviation’s most important showcase at least marked a point when heads began to turn away from the devastation wrought by covid-19 and towards what comes next. The Economist, "Terminal conditions Air travel’s sudden collapse will reshape a trillion-dollar industry," 1 Aug. 2020 Testing centers in Sunbelt cities such as Tallahassee, Florida, and Phoenix routinely attract long lines and at times must turn away people. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: New York City reports zero deaths for first time since March; Oklahoma records first teen death; Mexico deaths top 35K," 14 July 2020 His district manager didn’t want to turn away customers who weren’t wearing masks but still wanted to take care of both the employees and shoppers. oregonlive, "Customers, employees say some Oregon businesses aren’t enforcing mask restrictions," 9 July 2020 But transgender advocacy groups said allowing shelters to turn away transgendered women would amount to discrimination. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "House Democrats target Attorney General Barr in spending bills that aim to hobble the Trump administration," 7 July 2020 Under Xi, the Xinjiang government expanded efforts to cajole, pressure, or force Uighurs to return from abroad, and also established the internment camps intended to indoctrinate Uighurs to turn away from religion and embrace Chinese rule. Marlise Simons, BostonGlobe.com, "Uighur exiles push for court case accusing China of genocide," 6 July 2020 Lenders, seeing a decline in property values and increasingly spooked by the prospect of defaults and uninsured disaster losses, might start to turn away from high risk flood areas. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "How new flood risk maps could undermine marginalized neighborhoods," 5 July 2020 The message is: please don’t turn away from other health problems. Debbie Ponchner, Scientific American, "Latin America Faces a Critical Moment in the Battle against COVID-19," 17 June 2020 An employer, for example, could not turn down a job applicant, or a landlord could not turn away a prospective renter because the person is gay or transgender under their proposals. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Supreme Court's ruling on LGBTQ discrimination won't end efforts for state law in Arizona," 15 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'turn away.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of turn away

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about turn away

Time Traveler for turn away

Time Traveler

The first known use of turn away was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for turn away

Last Updated

5 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Turn away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20away. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on turn away

What made you want to look up turn away? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!