turn back

verb
turned back; turning back; turns back

Definition of turn back

intransitive verb

1a : to go in the reverse direction
b : to stop going forward
2 : to refer to an earlier time or place

transitive verb

1 : to drive back or away
2 : to stop the advance of
3 : to fold back
turn back the clock
: to revert to or remind of a condition existing in the past

Examples of turn back in a Sentence

a cavalry charge that was turned back by withering fire
Recent Examples on the Web History does not always give us guideposts to the future but rolling back the idea of the right to privacy enshrined in Griswold v .Connecticut would turn back a clock. Alexandra M. Lord, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 May 2022 Cemetery staff are also allowing lawns to turn back into wild meadows; flowers in the meadows attract insects, which in turn draw birds and owls. Nick Romeo, The New Yorker, 4 May 2022 The Biden administration has been relying on a public health authority, known as Title 42, that allows authorities to turn back thousands of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border. Priscilla Alvarez And Tierney Sneed, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 Rogers said the tide in consumer sentiment began to turn back in September and has picked up steam since then. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Finch, by contrast, breathed freely and pushed higher, to 27,300 feet, but decided to turn back in deference to a weaker partner. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, 25 May 2022 The public health order initially was used to swiftly turn back migrants from Mexico and Central America by busing them back to Mexico. New York Times, 20 May 2022 The group had to turn back twice, facing threats, gunfire and a bombing. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2022 This is the time when human beings seem to instinctively turn back towards fundamentalist texts. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turn back

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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Last Updated

20 Jun 2022

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

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