churn - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlechurning
past tensechurned
past participlechurned
  1. 1
    [transitive] to mix milk or cream in a special container in order to make butter
  2. 2



    churn up

    [intransitive/transitive] to move something such as a liquid around violently, or to move in this way

    A hurricane was churning up the bay.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if your stomach churns, you have a strong nervous feeling in it because you are worried, afraid, or upset

    My stomach was churning before the first performance.

    1. a.
      if your mind or emotions churn, you are upset or worried about a situation

      Her mind churned as she tried to think of a way out of her predicament.

phrasal verbs