turnover

1 of 3

noun

turn·​over ˈtərn-ˌō-vər How to pronounce turnover (audio)
1
a(1)
: the amount received in sales for a stated period
(2)
: the ratio of sales for a stated period to average inventory
(3)
: a cycle of purchase, sale, and replacement of a stock of goods
b
: the number of persons hired within a period to replace those leaving or dropped from a workforce
also : the ratio of this number to the number in the average force maintained
c
: movement (as of goods or people) into, through, and out of a place
2
: the amount of business done
especially : the volume of shares traded on a stock exchange
3
: the act or an instance of a team's losing possession of a ball through error or a minor violation of the rules (as in basketball or football)
4
: a filled pastry made by folding half of the crust over the other half
5
: an act or result of turning over : upset
6
: a turning from one side, place, or direction to its opposite : shift, reversal
7
: a reorganization with a view to a shift in personnel : shake-up
8
: something that is turned over
9
: the continuous process of loss and replacement of a constituent (such as a cell or tissue) of a living system

turnover

2 of 3

adjective

: capable of being turned over

turn over

3 of 3

verb

turned over; turning over; turns over

transitive verb

1
a
: to turn from an upright position : overturn
b
: rotate
turn over a stiff valve with a wrench
also : to cause (an internal combustion engine) to begin firing
2
: deliver, surrender
I'm turning the job over to you
also : to lose possession of
turned the ball over three times
3
a
: to do business to the amount of
turning over $1000 a week
b
: to receive and dispose of (a stock of merchandise)
4
: to search (clothes, papers, etc.) by lifting or moving one by one
5
: to read or examine (something, such as a book) slowly or idly

intransitive verb

1
2
a
: rotate
b
of an engine : to have crankshaft rotation especially by external means (as by a starter)
the engine turned over but didn't start
3
a
of one's stomach : to heave with nausea
b
of one's heart : to seem to leap or lurch convulsively with sudden fright
Phrases
turn over a new leaf
: to make a change for the better especially in one's way of living

Examples of turnover in a Sentence

Noun The company had an increase in turnover this quarter. The company has a high turnover rate. We want to find ways to speed up inventory turnover. Verb reluctantly turned the ship over to the first mate while he went below to try to stop the leak turned the evidence over to the police
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Warehouse employees, subject to grueling conditions and high turnover, were another stark example. Steve Salee, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Battle started and had 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists without a turnover in 34 minutes. Bob Holt, arkansasonline.com, 20 Feb. 2024 Voluntary turnover at the company declined by 62% between 2021 and 2023, and average productivity for sales representatives increased by 66% in the same time frame. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 One of the most impressive stats Wright (6-5 and 185 pounds) has produced so far in his ninth NBA season is his 82 total assists to just 11 total turnovers. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 The Lions controlled the pace using a 2-2-1 press that forced six first-half turnovers. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024 Center Adem Bona added 14 points and Andrews had 13 for the Bruins, who committed nine fewer turnovers than the Buffaloes (16-9, 7-7) and held them without a single fast-break point. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Funds have been slow to be obligated, particularly in some city departments that have faced challenges with supply chain delays and turnover in staffing and leadership. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 The keys to a deep playoff run Some of Brakel’s consistent messages to the team have been to defend every game, rebound the basketball and to play fast while avoiding turnovers. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 14 Feb. 2024
Verb
The skulls were turned over to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 Authorities didn’t release additional details but said the case will be turned over to the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office after the GBI wraps up its investigation. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 13 Feb. 2024 The dispute in the trial, which Monday’s hearings will concern, is over section four of CIPA, which determines if the government can withhold any classified materials from being turned over to Trump’s lawyers as part of discovery in the case. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 White House officials have argued the Biden case is different because the president’s staff turned over classified documents voluntarily when they were discovered and invited the search of his Delaware home. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024 The state legislature has avoided implementing a significant statewide increase in the minimum wage, essentially turning over that task to municipalities. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 Feb. 2024 The neighborhood started to change rapidly in 2005, when the federal government turned over most of the area to private developers. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2024 These workers include creatures costume leads and environment artists as well as others in the stage, environments, render, post viz, sequence, turn over and kabuki departments. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 This profile was turned over to investigators who worked with the FBI to identify the suspect through genetic genealogy, the company said. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Adjective

1605, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of turnover was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Turnover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnover. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

turnover

1 of 2 noun
turn·​over
ˈtər-ˌnō-vər
1
: an act or the action of turning over
2
: a filled pastry with one half of the crust turned over the other
3
a
: movement (as of people) into, through, and out of a place
b
: the purchase, sale, and replacement of a stock of goods (as in a store)
c
: the number of persons hired to replace those leaving

turn over

2 of 2 verb
ˌtər-ˈnō-vər,
ˈtər-
1
: to shift in position from upright to upside down
2
a
: to give to another to take care of : hand over
b
: to lose possession of
turned the ball over three times
3
of one's stomach : to feel sick
4
: to begin or cause to begin to run
turned over the engine

Medical Definition

turnover

noun
turn·​over ˈtər-ˌnō-vər How to pronounce turnover (audio)
: the continuous process of loss and replacement of a constituent (as a neurotransmitter, cell, or tissue) of a living system
protein turnover in various pathological statesJ. C. Waterlow
hyperthyroidism accelerates bone turnover and shortens the normal bone remodeling cycleRichard Sadovsky

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