turn away

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
2 : deflect, avert

intransitive verb

: to start to go away : depart

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 Her closing speech was a generous but unsparing entreaty to the privileged, asking them not to turn away from the necessity for sweeping systemic change. WIRED, 30 Sep. 2022 The pandemic has amplified our culture’s tendency to turn away from loss. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 White nationalist and far right threats and attacks ratcheted up over the course of Obama’s presidency, along with Republican pressure on agencies like the Department of Homeland Security to turn away from such threats. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 Forced to turn away from peaceful protests, many of those opposed to military rule took up arms, forming hundreds of militia groups called People’s Defense Forces — better known as PDFs. Jerry Harmer, ajc, 27 Mar. 2022 The two had a short interaction before McDermott appeared to turn away from Rivera. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 18 Feb. 2022 Interest in the two-day meeting has been so intense that the Clinton Foundation had to turn away more than 1,000 potential attendees. Glenn Gamboa, ajc, 19 Sep. 2022 Kay is weakening, but the storm is not expected to turn away from the West Coast until Saturday night. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 9 Sep. 2022 The price increase comes as other theme parks grapple with crowding problems and brawls that threaten to turn away big-spending visitors, such as international tourists. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turn away

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

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turn around and (do something)

turn away

turn back

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6 Oct 2022

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“Turn away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20away. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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