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he/she/itturns up
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to increase the amount of sound, heat, or light produced by a piece of equipment by pressing a button or moving a switch
    Can you turn the volume up a bit?
    Don’t turn the TV up – I’m trying to read.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to come somewhere, especially unexpectedly or without making a firm arrangement
    There is no need to book – just turn up on the night.
    turn up for: She failed to turn up for work on Monday.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to be found, especially by accident, after being lost or not known about
    The documents finally turned up in an office along the corridor.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to find something lost, hidden, or unexpected by looking for it
      The police haven’t turned up anything new, have they?
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to happen unexpectedly or by chance
    You’ll get another job: something is bound to turn up soon.
  5. 6
    [transitive] to open a fold along the edge of a piece of clothing
    He turned up his jacket collar against the cold.
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