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noun [countable] turn pronunciation in British English /tɜː(r)n/
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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.

    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 into 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.

  3. 4
    a change in a situation

    The argument over drugs in sport took an unexpected turn yesterday.

    take a turn for the better/worse (=become better/worse):

    The weather suddenly took a turn for the worse.

    turn of events (=an unexpected change in a situation):

    We wanted to express our shock at today’s tragic turn of events.

  4. 6
    old-fashioned a short walk taken for pleasure
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  5. 7
    British informal old-fashioned an occasion when you suddenly feel ill or very weak

    I think she’s having one of her turns.

    give someone a turn (=to frighten someone so that they feel ill):

    You gave her quite a turn, suddenly appearing like that!



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