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

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Examples of turn away in a Sentence

using tree branches, the campers were able to turn away the charging fox, which was apparently rabid

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It's added that a deal worth €50m is to be expected from the Old Trafford outfit, who haven't wasted time after being turned away by the Foxes. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Man Utd Back for Diop, Arsenal Get Saliba Blow, West Ham Bid for Rondon & More," 3 July 2019 In his remarks, Doggett, D-Austin, said some 40 percent of women seeking shelter in Texas are turned away due to lack of space. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, "National and city leaders come together to fight domestic violence," 2 July 2019 Any type of donations to migrant centers are being turned away by Border Patrol, according to the Texas Tribune. Tanya Edwards, refinery29.com, "Inside Wayfair Employees' Protest Of The Company's Business With Migrant Detention Centers," 30 June 2019 In other words, China doesn’t want investors to turn away from companies already listed there. David Meyer, Fortune, "Foreign Companies Can List on a Chinese Stock Exchange for the First Time," 17 June 2019 The Portuguese thereafter made a pragmatic turn away from an approach that relied on surprise raids to one based instead on trade and diplomacy. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, "Africa’s Lost Kingdoms," 17 June 2019 But the rollout was fraught: some children were turned away because of lack of space, according to news reports. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "In Ghana, Free High School Brings Opportunity and Grumbling," 15 June 2019 After that, though, the process takes a turn away from the norm, when Bell gives each client a crystal healing session. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Designers Plan Out Every Room They Create Using Crystals," 19 Mar. 2019 For a few days, Mei Xiang had been nesting near her bed, turning away food, spending more time asleep and reacting to loud noises—behaviors typical of an early pregnancy. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of turn away

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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