turn away

verb
turned away; turning away; turns away

Definition of turn away

transitive verb

1a : to refuse admittance or acceptance to
b : to send away : reject, dismiss
c : repel
2 : deflect, avert

intransitive verb

: to start to go away : depart

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Examples of turn away in a Sentence

using tree branches, the campers were able to turn away the charging fox, which was apparently rabid
Recent Examples on the Web Alternatively, Russia may turn away from any hopes of even pragmatic rapprochement with the West, experts warn. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Worse than the Cold War? US-Russia relations hit new low.," 20 Apr. 2021 The open question is whether a world increasingly desperate to avert climate disaster will continue to embrace, or turn away from, humanity’s original fuel: wood. New York Times, "There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It.," 19 Apr. 2021 The pharmacy will not turn away eligible individuals who don’t live or work in Stockton, said marketing manager Ramon Dizon. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "Driving to Sacramento or Tulare for a COVID vaccine? Read this before looking outside your county," 13 Apr. 2021 A year ago, former President Donald Trump ordered border authorities to turn away anyone caught at the border immediately, including children, on the basis that doing so would prevent holding facilities from filling up with people amid the pandemic. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "Fact-checking Biden's first press conference since taking office," 26 Mar. 2021 Artists teach us what to take notice of and what to turn away from, whom to empathize with and whom to tune out. Los Angeles Times, "Representation isn’t just about visibility. Shootings remind us it’s about life and death," 23 Mar. 2021 But the new Administration has decided not to turn away unaccompanied minors, for humanitarian reasons. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Humanitarian Challenge of Unaccompanied Children at the Border," 23 Mar. 2021 The family didn't turn away from cameras when life knocked them down. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "How 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' changed reality television as we know it, dolls," 18 Mar. 2021 In an interview, Arthur acknowledged that, legally, his school cannot turn away any girls who apply and are matched through the OneApp's open-enrollment system, since the charter receives public money from state and local sources. Della Hasselle | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On the OneApp for next year: New Orleans' first charter school geared toward young men," 23 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of turn away

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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2 May 2021

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“Turn away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20away. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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