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turnover

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noun turn·over \ ˈtərn-ˌō-vər \

Definition of turnover

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

Examples of turnover in a Sentence

  1. The company had an increase in turnover this quarter.

  2. The company has a high turnover rate.

  3. We want to find ways to speed up inventory turnover.

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First Known Use of turnover

14th century


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turnover

adjective

Definition of turnover

:capable of being turned over

First Known Use of turnover

circa 1849


turn over

verb

Definition of turn 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
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
turn over a new leaf
:to make a change for the better especially in one's way of living

Examples of turn over in a Sentence

  1. reluctantly turned the ship over to the first mate while he went below to try to stop the leak

  2. turned the evidence over to the police

First Known Use of turn over

14th century


TURNOVER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of turnover for English Language Learners

  • : the amount of money that is received in sales by a store or company

  • : the rate at which people leave a place, company, etc., and are replaced by others

  • : the rate at which the goods in a store are sold and replaced by other goods


TURNOVER Defined for Kids

turnover

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noun turn·over \ ˈtərn-ˌō-vər \

Definition of turnover for Students

:a filled pastry with one half of the crust turned over the other

Medical Dictionary

turnover

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noun turn·over \ ˈtər-ˌnō-vər \

medical Definition of turnover

: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 states
  • —J. C. Waterlow
  • hyperthyroidism accelerates bone turnover and shortens the normal bone remodeling cycle
  • —Richard Sadovsky


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