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noun [countable] turn pronunciation in American English /tɜrn/
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  1. 1
    someones turn is the time when they can or must do something, because they are with other people who are each doing the same activity one after the other
    You’ve already moved your piece – it’s my turn now.
    someone’s turn to do something: I’m sure it’s your turn to wash the dishes.
    wait your turn (=be patient until it is your turn): You’ll just have to wait your turn like everyone else.
    take a turn (at) doing something: Would you like me to take a turn carrying the suitcase?
    1. a.
      linguistics the time when someone is speaking in a conversation
      We have different ways of indicating that a turn will be changed.
  2. 2
    a change of direction made by a person or vehicle
    He made a left turn onto a quiet street.
    1. a.
      a place where a road bends to the right or left
      There’s a very sharp turn at the end of the road.
    2. b.
      a place where another road leads away from the one you are going along
      They took a wrong turn on the outskirts of town and ran into a police roadblock.
  3. 3
    a movement in a circle made by an object
    He gave the faucet one more firm turn.
  4. 4
    a change in a situation
    The argument over drugs in athletics took an unexpected turn yesterday.
    take a turn for the better/worse (=become better/worse): The weather suddenly took a turn for the worse.
    The spokesman said the situation in Sarajevo had taken a dramatic turn for the better.
    turn of events (=an unexpected change in a situation): We wanted to express our shock at today’s tragic turn of events.
  5. 5
    old-fashioned a short walk taken for pleasure
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  6. 6
    a short performance consisting of a song, a piece of music, a series of jokes, etc. as part of a set of performances
    I’m going to do a turn at the variety show next week.



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