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Another word for turn

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Verb
  1. To move or cause to move in circles or around an axis

      1. A solid disk or a rigid circular ring connected by spokes to a hub, designed to turn around an axle passed through the center.
      2. The steering device on a vehicle.
      3. A potter's wheel.
      1. To turn around on an axis or center.
      2. To proceed in sequence; take turns or alternate:
      3. To cause to turn on an axis or center.
      1. To orbit a central point:
      2. To turn on an axis; rotate.
      3. To be arranged as revolving credit:
      1. The path of a celestial body or an artificial satellite as it revolves around another body due to their mutual gravitational attraction.
      2. One complete revolution of such a body.
      3. The path of a body in a field of force surrounding another body; for example, the movement of an atomic electron in relation to a nucleus.
      1. To revolve around a fixed point or axis.
      2. To move in a spiral or spirallike course.
      3. To oscillate or vary, especially in a repetitious pattern:
      1. A plane curve everywhere equidistant from a given fixed point, the center.
      2. A planar region bounded by a circle.
      3. Something, such as a ring, shaped like such a plane curve.
  2. To make or become less sharp-edged

  3. To twist and turn, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment

      1. To make twisting bodily movements, as in pain or struggle.
      2. To move with a twisting or contorted motion:
      3. To suffer emotional or physical distress, as from embarrassment or anguish:
      1. To throw lightly or casually or with a sudden jerk:
      2. To throw or propel upward:
      3. To throw or propel to the ground:
      1. To twist about in a wriggling, snakelike motion; writhe.
      2. To feel or exhibit signs of humiliation or embarrassment.
      3. The act of squirming.
      1. To suffer mental anguish or worry about something:
      2. To suffer extreme pain:
      3. To cause great pain or anguish to.
    See also:

    repetition

  4. To injure a (bodily part) by twisting

      1. Any of various hand or power tools, often having fixed or adjustable jaws, used for gripping, turning, or twisting objects such as nuts, bolts, or pipes, typically at an angle perpendicular to the object's axis.
      2. A sudden, forcible twist, turn, or pull:
      3. An injury produced by twisting or straining:
      1. A painful wrenching or laceration of the ligaments of a joint.
      2. The condition resulting from a sprain.
      3. To cause a sprain to (a joint or ligament).
    See also:

    health

  5. To disturb the health or physiological functioning of

      1. To cause to overturn; knock or tip over:
      2. To disturb the functioning, order, or course of:
      3. To cause (the stomach) to feel ill.
      1. To change from a settled condition; disrupt:
      2. To make uneasy; disturb:
      1. A lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion.
      2. A breach of civic order or peace; a public disturbance.
      3. An ailment that affects the function of mind or body:
      1. To disturb the order, arrangement, or functioning of:
      2. To upset (normal condition or functioning, as of a bodily organ).
      3. To cause to be psychotic or otherwise severely mentally unsound.
    See also:

    health

  6. To change the direction or course of

      1. To turn aside from a course or established direction; swerve:
      2. To deviate from a purpose, behavior, or previous pattern:
      3. To shift clockwise in direction, as from north to northeast. Used of the wind.
      1. To move back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above.
      2. To hit at something with a sweeping motion of the arm:
      3. To move laterally or in a curve:
      1. To exchange (one thing) for another of the same class:
      2. To move or transfer from one place or position to another.
      3. To alter (position or place).
      1. A short rod or shaft on which a related part rotates or swings.
      2. A person or thing on which something depends; the central or crucial factor:
      3. The act of turning on a pivot.
      1. To turn aside from a course or direction:
      2. To distract:
      3. To entertain by distracting the attention from worrisome thoughts or cares; amuse.
      1. To turn aside from a course or way:
      2. To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; differ or stray.
      3. To cause to turn aside or differ.
      1. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
      1. To turn away:
      2. To keep from happening; prevent:
    See also:

    change

  7. To cause to move, especially at an angle

      1. To deflect (light, for example) from a straight path by refraction.
      2. To alter by viewing through a medium:
      3. To determine the refraction of (an eye, for example).
      1. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
      1. To cause to assume a curved or angular shape:
      2. To bring (a bow, for example) into a state of tension by drawing on a string or line.
      3. To force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose:
      1. To fish with a hook and line.
      2. To try to get something by indirect or artful means:
      3. A fishhook or fishing tackle.
    See also:

    straight

  8. To swerve from a straight line

      1. Being such that every part of the surface or the circumference is equidistant from the center:
      2. Moving in or forming a circle.
      3. Shaped like a cylinder; cylindrical.
      1. A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      2. A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      3. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
      1. An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
      2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
      3. A curve or bend; a turn:
      1. The front section of a ship or boat.
      2. Either of the sides of this front section:
      3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
      1. To cause to assume a curved or angular shape:
      2. To bring (a bow, for example) into a state of tension by drawing on a string or line.
      3. To force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose:
      1. A usually curved structure forming the upper edge of an open space and supporting the weight above it, as in a bridge or doorway.
      2. A structure, such as a freestanding monument, shaped like an inverted U.
      3. A curve with the ends down and the middle up:
      1. Something shaped like a curve or arch:
      2. A segment of a circle.
      3. An electric arc.
      1. To fish with a hook and line.
      2. To try to get something by indirect or artful means:
      3. A fishhook or fishing tackle.
    See also:

    straight

  9. To change to the opposite position, direction, or course.

    See also:

    change

  10. To make or become different

    See also:

    change

  11. To abandon one's cause or party usually to join another

      1. Any of various long-tailed rodents resembling mice but larger, especially one of the genus Rattus.
      2. Any of various animals similar to one of these long-tailed rodents.
      3. A despicable person, especially one who betrays or informs upon associates.
      1. To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
      2. To change sides; apostatize.
      1. One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.
      2. An outlaw; a rebel.
      3. Of, relating to, or resembling a renegade; traitorous.
      1. A dry, often sandy region of little rainfall, extreme temperatures, and sparse vegetation.
      2. A region of permanent cold that is largely or entirely devoid of life.
      3. An apparently lifeless area of water.
      1. An imperfection or lack that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming or deficiency.
      2. To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another:
      3. To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group:
      1. To abandon one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
  12. To move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something

      1. To cause to lie down:
      2. To place in or bring to a particular position:
      3. To bury.
      1. To focus one's aim; to zoom in and center on something.
      1. A series of connected railroad cars pulled or pushed by one or more locomotives.
      2. A long line of moving people, animals, or vehicles.
      3. The personnel, vehicles, and equipment following and providing supplies and services to a combat unit.
      1. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
      2. To put into a specified state:
      3. To cause to begin an action:
      1. A sharp or tapered end:
      2. An object having a sharp or tapered end:
      3. A tapering extension of land projecting into water; a peninsula, cape, or promontory.
      1. Relative position or rank on a scale:
      2. A relative degree, as of achievement, intensity, or concentration:
      3. A natural or proper position, place, or stage:
      1. The uppermost or forwardmost part of the body of a vertebrate, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.
      2. The analogous part of an invertebrate organism.
      3. The length or height of such a part:
      1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
      2. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process):
      3. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
      1. To throw (something, especially something light):
      2. To throw with force; hurl:
      3. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
      1. To direct (a weapon or camera) toward a point.
      2. To direct or propel (an object, such as a ball) toward a point:
      3. To direct toward or intend for a particular goal or group:
    See also:

    seek

  13. To devote (oneself or one's efforts)

      1. To make a present of:
      2. To place in the hands of; pass:
      3. To deliver in exchange or recompense; pay:
      1. The distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system.
      2. The state of maximum distinctness or clarity of such an image:
      3. An apparatus used to adjust the focal length of an optical system in order to make an image distinct or clear:
      1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
      2. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process):
      3. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
      1. To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self, for example) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.
      2. To set apart for a specific purpose or use:
      1. To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
      2. To set apart for a special use:
      3. To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action:
      1. To direct or draw toward a common center; focus.
      2. To bring into one main body:
      3. To make (a solution or mixture) less dilute.
      1. (idiomatic) To put forth the needed effort; to focus; become serious; apply oneself (e.g. to work or study).
      1. To cause to assume a curved or angular shape:
      2. To bring (a bow, for example) into a state of tension by drawing on a string or line.
      3. To force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose:
      1. To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to:
      2. To put to or adapt for a special use:
      3. To put into action:
      1. To speak to:
      2. To make a formal speech to:
      3. To direct (a spoken or written message) to the attention of:
  14. To become or cause to become rotten or unsound

  15. To look to when in need

      1. To move swiftly on foot so that both or all feet are not on the ground during each stride.
      2. To retreat rapidly; flee:
      3. To depart; leave:
      1. To turn to or make use of a person, strategy, or course of action for help or as a means of achieving something:
      2. To go, especially customarily or frequently; repair:
      3. A place frequented by people for relaxation or recreation:
      1. To restore to sound condition after damage or injury; fix:
      2. To set right; remedy:
      3. To restore or renew:
      1. To direct to a source for help or information:
      2. To submit (a matter in dispute) to an authority for arbitration, decision, or examination.
      3. To direct the attention of:
      1. To move or travel; proceed:
      2. To move away from a place; depart:
      3. To pursue a certain course:
      1. To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to:
      2. To put to or adapt for a special use:
      3. To put into action:
  16. To come to be.

    See also:

    change

Noun
  1. Circular movement around a point or about an axis

      1. To rotate rapidly about a center or an axis; spin.
      2. To move while rotating or turning about:
      3. To turn rapidly, changing direction; wheel:
      1. A solid disk or a rigid circular ring connected by spokes to a hub, designed to turn around an axle passed through the center.
      2. The steering device on a vehicle.
      3. A potter's wheel.
      1. The act or process of turning around a center or an axis:
      2. A single complete cycle of such motion.
      3. A transformation of a coordinate system in which the new axes have a specified angular displacement from their original position while the origin remains fixed.
      1. Orbital motion about a point, especially as distinguished from axial rotation:
      2. A turning or rotational motion about an axis.
      3. A single complete cycle of such orbital or axial motion.
      1. The act of gyrating.
      2. Circular or spiral motion.
      3. An oscillation or varying between states:
      1. the act of rolling or turning around a center or axis
      2. a fold, twist, or spiral
      3. a circuitous course or form
      1. Movement in a circle or circuit, especially the movement of blood through bodily vessels as a result of the heart's pumping action.
      2. Movement or passage through a system of vessels, as of water through pipes; flow.
      3. Free movement or passage.
      1. A closed, usually circular line that goes around an object or area.
      2. The region enclosed by such a line.
      3. A path or route the complete traversal of which without local change of direction requires returning to the starting point.
  2. A calculated change in position

      1. The act or an instance of moving; a change in place or position.
      2. A particular manner of moving.
      3. A change in the location of troops, ships, or aircraft for tactical or strategic purposes.
      1. To change in position from one point to another:
      2. To follow a specified course:
      3. To change posture or position; stir:
      1. A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity:
      2. A controlled change in movement or direction of a moving vehicle or vessel, as in the flight path of an aircraft.
      3. A strategic or tactical military or naval movement.
      1. A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.
      2. A result of this process; a development:
      3. Change in the genetic composition of a population during successive generations, often resulting in the development of new species. The mechanisms of evolution include natural selection acting on the genetic variation among individuals, mutation, migration, and genetic drift.
    See also:

    move

  3. Something bent

      1. Being such that every part of the surface or the circumference is equidistant from the center:
      2. Moving in or forming a circle.
      3. Shaped like a cylinder; cylindrical.
      1. A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      2. A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      3. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
      1. The act of curving or the state of being curved.
      2. The ratio of the change in the angle of a tangent that moves over a given arc to the length of the arc.
      3. The limit of this ratio as the length of the arc approaches zero.
      1. An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
      2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
      3. A curve or bend; a turn:
      1. The front section of a ship or boat.
      2. Either of the sides of this front section:
      3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
      1. To cause to assume a curved or angular shape:
      2. To bring (a bow, for example) into a state of tension by drawing on a string or line.
      3. To force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose:
    See also:

    straight

  4. An often sudden change or departure, as in a trend

      1. To wind together (two or more threads, for example) so as to produce a single strand.
      2. To form in this manner:
      3. To wind or coil (vines or rope, for example) about something.
      1. A short, light nail with a sharp point and a flat head.
      2. A rope for holding down the weather clew of a course.
      3. A rope for hauling the outer lower corner of a studdingsail to the boom.
      1. To exchange (one thing) for another of the same class:
      2. To move or transfer from one place or position to another.
      3. To alter (position or place).
    See also:

    change

  5. A limited, often assigned period of activity, duty, or opportunity

      1. To look or observe attentively or carefully; be closely observant:
      2. To look and wait expectantly or in anticipation:
      3. To act as a spectator; look on:
      1. An act or procedure intended to achieve an end by deceptive or fraudulent means.
      2. A mischievous action; a prank:
      3. A stupid, disgraceful, or childish act:
      1. A trip with visits to various places of interest for business, pleasure, or instruction.
      2. A group organized for such a trip or for a shorter sightseeing excursion.
      3. A brief trip to or through a place for the purpose of seeing it:
      1. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
      2. An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration:
      3. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval:
      1. To lengthen, widen, or distend:
      2. To cause to extend from one place to another or across a given space:
      3. To make taut; tighten:
      1. To be frugal or economical in providing something; hold back:
      2. To stop or desist.
      3. To restrict (someone) in what is provided or allowed:
      1. To name or write in order the letters constituting (a word).
      2. To constitute the letters of (a word):
      3. To add up to; signify:
      1. To exchange (one thing) for another of the same class:
      2. To move or transfer from one place or position to another.
      3. To alter (position or place).
      1. One of nine divisions or periods of a regulation game, in which each team has a turn at bat as limited by three outs.
      2. The division or period of a cricket game during which one team is at bat.
      3. An opportunity to act or speak out; a chance for accomplishment.
      1. To fasten, connect, or attach:
      2. To move or raise by pulling or jerking:
      3. To get (a ride) by hitchhiking:
      1. To move or travel; proceed:
      2. To move away from a place; depart:
      3. To pursue a certain course:
      1. A contest between antagonists; a match:
      2. A period of time spent in a particular way; a spell:
    See also:

    time

  6. An inclination to something

  7. An innate capability

      1. A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment:
      2. Natural endowment or ability of a superior quality:
      3. A person or group of people having such ability:
      1. A special talent or skill, especially one difficult to explain or teach:
      2. A tendency or pattern of behavior:
      3. A clever trick.
      1. An inborn pattern of behavior that is characteristic of a species and is often a response to specific environmental stimuli:
      2. A powerful motivation or impulse.
      3. An innate capability or aptitude: