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turns

verb
present tense third-person singular of turn

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to move (something) in a curved or circular path on or as if on an axis
  • turned the doorknob as quietly as possible

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2 to change the course or direction of (something)
  • the dog turned the stampeding flock of sheep around
  • he turned his cart uphill

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3 to change one's course or direction
  • we turned left at the light
  • the storm unexpectedly turned south and missed our area

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4 to eventually have as a state or quality
  • will turn 12 in six months

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5 to move in circles around an axis or center
  • the wheels turned, but the car was hopelessly stuck and wasn't moving

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7 to be determined by, based on, or subject (to)
  • what we do next turns on your answer to the following question

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8 to be in a confused state as if from being twirled around
  • all the new information made his head turn

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9 to cause to have often negative opinions formed without sufficient knowledge
  • he did his best to turn his new friends against his ex-wife

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turns

noun
plural of turn

Synonyms & Antonyms of turns (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a relaxed journey on foot for exercise or pleasure
  • would you care to take a turn around the garden?

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2 an act of kind assistance
  • one good turn deserves another

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4 something that curves or is curved
  • right after this turn in the road you'll find the antiques shop on the right

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5 a sudden experiencing of a physical or mental disorder
  • a sudden turn of dizziness that may have been brought on by a change in her medication

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6 a performance regularly presented by an individual or group
  • between the show's two major musical acts, there was a short turn by a juggling troupe

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“Turns.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/turns. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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