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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
    [intransitive/transitive] to turn something such as a page in a book or a sheet of paper so that the other side is towards you
    You may turn over your exam papers now.
  2. 2
    [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.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] British to stop watching one television channel and to start watching another
    Let’s turn over – this is really boring.
  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.
  5. 5
    [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.
  6. 8
    [transitive] to think carefully about all the details of something
    He began to turn the scheme over in his mind.
  7. 9
    [transitive] British informal to enter a place illegally and steal things from it
    We got back to find the flat had been turned over.
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