turn away

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

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 Junior Haley Gordon hit a shot from 20-plus yards that Huskies goalie McKenzie Milstead dived to her right to turn away for her only save with 23 minutes to play. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Dawson’s goal leads Patterson Mill girls soccer to first Class 1A state crown, 1-0 over Loch Raven," 14 Nov. 2019 There is no single federal agency tracking when hospitals turn away ambulances and hospitals often resist the release of such information. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Illinois congressman Bobby Rush considering federal legislation to address ambulance diversion by hospitals," 4 Nov. 2019 The detective was told the man was in no shape to talk and was turned away. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "Journalism That Holds Power to Account," 3 Nov. 2019 Always-on mode Like the Apple Watch Series 5, the Venu has an optional always-on mode that will keep the display running and visible even when your wrist is turned away from you. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Venu review: Fitness expertise with many pixels left to fill," 15 Oct. 2019 Maduro’s government didn’t immediately comment on turning away Giammattei. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Venezuela denies entry of Guatemala’s president-elect," 12 Oct. 2019 In fiscal year 2019, which ended last week, U.S. immigration authorities apprehended or turned away more than 977,000 migrants along the southern border, according to government figures. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. apprehended nearly 1 million migrants along U.S.-Mexico border in past 12 months," 8 Oct. 2019 If the series became too edgy, parents of younger viewers would be turned away and ancillary revenues — sales of action figures, plush dolls — would likely suffer. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "'Joker' is the culmination of an envelope-pushing trend. It could be Hollywood's future.," 3 Oct. 2019 The Rams defense, though, answered the challenge by turning away Baker Mayfield four times from the 4-yard line, with John Johnson III securing the win with an interception in the end zone on fourth down. Si Wire, SI.com, "Buccaneers vs. Rams Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of turn away

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

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The first known use of turn away was in the 13th century

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20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Turn away.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turning%20away. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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