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I/you/we/theyturn over
he/she/itturns over
present participleturning over
past tenseturned over
past participleturned over
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to give someone or something to someone in authority, especially because they have ordered you to
    turn someone/something over to someone: The local police turned him over to the FBI.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if an engine turns over, or if you turn it over, it starts or continues to operate
    He turned the engine over to check that it would start without any problems.
  3. 3
    [transitive] American to stop speaking at a meeting and allow someone else to speak
    I’d like to say a few words and then turn it over to you, Mike.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to allow something to be used for a particular purpose or by a particular person
    turn something over to something: The museum has turned all its halls over to the dinosaurs.
    turn over something to something: They have turned over the property to the Conservation Society to be preserved.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to think carefully about all the details of something
    He began to turn the scheme over in his mind.
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] to turn something such as a page in a book or a sheet of paper so that the other side is toward you
    You may turn your exam papers over now.
  7. 7
    [transitive]turn over something to make a particular amount of money in a particular time
    The teenager’s computer company turns over around £60,000 a year.
  8. 8
    [intransitive] to change the position of your body when you are lying or sleeping so that you face the opposite direction
    She turned over and went back to sleep.
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