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
Recent Examples on the Web The Supreme Court ruling, for instance, could open the door for religious entities taking government dollars to turn away unwed mothers from doctor's offices, Jews or Muslims from homeless shelter spots and any number of other scenarios. Allison Hope, CNN, 17 June 2021 The job description itself can also turn away prospective candidates if it's not written inclusively, Saenz said. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2021 Recent buyers on Martha’s Vineyard who just bought homes last year can’t turn away such rapid returns on their investment and are putting them back on the market, Parry said. BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2021 Rogers said Christ did not turn away people who wished to stay with him. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2021 Many worry the negative environmental impacts of the mine will turn away visitors from the Eastern Sierra, which relies heavily on outdoor tourism. Miles W. Griffis, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2021 The Biden administration still uses a pandemic emergency rule, known as Title 42, that empowers border agents to rapidly turn away most single adults and many families crossing the border into the hands of Mexican authorities. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Civil Rights Commission case, which allowed a baker to turn away a gay couple seeking a wedding cake, as well as a number of racial profiling cases where customers of color were turned away or even arrested. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The Biden administration has continued to enforce a public-health-emergency order, known as Title 42, which allows agents to turn away migrants without formally arresting them—a step that also eliminates a chance for the migrants to ask for asylum. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of turn away

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

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Dictionary Entries Near turn away

turn around and (do something)

turn away

turn back

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25 Jul 2021

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“Turn away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20away. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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