He turned the key and opened the door.
She slowly turned the doorknob. Turn the steering wheel all the way to the left.
Someone turned the switch and the lights came on.
They turned and walked away.
She turned to leave—but stopped.
He turned aside to let me pass.
The patient turned onto his side.
The photographer asked her to turn slightly to her left.
He turned himself around to see the back of his shirt in the mirror. Noun
You have to wait your turn in line.
Is it my turn yet?
Give the wheel another turn.
He tightened the screw with one last turn.
With a turn of the switch, the lights came back on.
Take a left-hand turn at the next intersection.
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The Oscar-winning actress, 58, turned heads on the red carpet Thursday night at The Albies in New York City.—Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2023 That prospect turns the AI child into a prize sought by both sides, and leaves Joshua caught between his growing bond with the kid and the military commander (Allison Janney, underemployed here) who enlisted him.—Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 Sep. 2023 When cooking has finished, carefully turn steam release handle to VENTING position, and let steam fully escape (float valve will drop).—Julia Levy, Southern Living, 28 Sep. 2023 The Jaguars turned the fourth-quarter return into a go-ahead road victory in the season opener.—Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2023 Finally, a team member turned his palms upward, raising them slightly.—David W. Brown, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2023 But tonight, Clooney and her husband George are turning the tables to honor those who are doing similarly valiant work at the second annual Albie Awards in New York City, which are presented by the Clooney Foundation for Justice.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2023 Some questions may turn into Meghan’s column for The Post.
Stuck on what to ask?—Amy Joyce, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 In 2017, Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express turned into a sleeper hit after opening to $28.6 million domestically on its way to earning more than $350 million worldwide.—Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Sep. 2023
Throughout the week, the singer has been sharing videos on the social media platform wielding what looks like sharp knives and, in turn, raising concern for her safety among her already protective fans.—Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 29 Sep. 2023 As funding dried up, Evergrande defaulted on its debt in December 2021, which in turn pushed other developers into default as well.—Bynicholas Gordon, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2023 Investors are also worried that higher crude prices will push up inflation, which could in turn make the Fed hike interest rates further to reach its 2% inflation goal.—Krystal Hur, CNN, 29 Sep. 2023 The loan money was used, in turn, to buy $191,000 in cryptocurrency and to pay taxes owed by one of their businesses.—Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, 28 Sep. 2023 If the narrow, intimate streets of SoHo enhanced its bohemian aura, Chelsea, in turn, was vast, humorless and, in the words of several dealers, ugly.—Zoë Lescaze, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 In turn, a vast web of retailers and and wholesale buyers were counting on an allotment of Lindcove Ranch citrons.—Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 At some point in the Earth’s history, chemistry became biology: simpler molecules reacted with prebiotic molecules, and these in turn combined to create DNA, RNA, proteins, and other components of life.—David W. Brown, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2023 Nonetheless, Mulligan is the heart of the emotional drama, anchored by Cooper’s soulful turn.—Clayton Davis, Variety, 27 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English; partly from Old English tyrnan & turnian to turn, from Medieval Latin tornare, from Latin, to turn on a lathe, from tornus lathe, from Greek tornos; partly from Anglo-French turner, tourner to turn, from Medieval Latin tornare; akin to Latin terere to rub — more at throw entry 1
Middle English; partly from Anglo-French tur, tourn turning, circuit (from turner to turn); partly from Middle English turnen to turn