turn upon (something)

Definition of turn upon (something)

1 :to be determined or decided by (something)
  • The outcome of the election turns upon how well the candidates perform in the next debate.
2 :to have (something) as a main subject or interest
  • The discussion turned upon the question of how the money should be spent.

Word by Word Definitions

turn play
  1. : to cause to move around an axis or a center : make rotate or revolve

  2. : to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

  3. : to affect or alter the functioning of (something, such as a mechanical device) or the level of (something, such as sound) by such movement

  1. : the action or an act of turning about a center or axis : revolution, rotation

  2. : any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

  3. : the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction : change of course or posture : such as

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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