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the time when it is your chance, duty, or right to do something that each person in a group is doing one after the other [= go British English]
chance to do something[countable]
turn to do something
Whose turn is it to set the table?
It's your turn. Roll the dice.
I think it's our turn to drive the kids to school this week.
2 also take it in turns British English
if two or more people take turns doing work, using something etc, they do it one after the other, for example in order to share the work or play fairly:
You'll have to take turns on the swing.
take turns doing something
The students were taking turns reading aloud.
take turns in doing something British English
We took turns in pushing the bike along.
take turns to do something
Dan and I usually take turns to cook.
as a result of something:
Interest rates were cut and, in turn, share prices rose.
one after the other, especially in a particular order:
Each of us in turn had to describe how alcohol had affected our lives.
a) American English
a place where one road goes in a different direction from the one you are on [= turning British English]
According to the map we missed our turn back there.
take the first/a wrong etc turn (=go along the first etc road)
I think we took a wrong turn coming out of town.
Take the second turn on the left.
a curve in a road, path etc:
There's a sharp turn coming up ahead.
a change in the direction you are moving
make a left/right turn
Make a left turn at the station.
a sudden or unexpected change that makes a situation develop in a different way
change in events[countable]
take a dramatic/fresh/different etc turn
From then on, our fortunes took a downward turn.
My career had already taken a new turn.
The President was stunned by the sudden turn of events.
take a turn for the worse/better
Two days after the operation, Dad took a turn for the worse.
the beginning of a new century or year:
the short period from the turn of the century until World War One
happening again and again, especially in an annoying way:
problems that presented themselves at every turn
the act of turning something completely around a fixed point:
act of turning something[countable]
I gave the screw another two or three turns.
changing from one quality, feeling etc to another:
By turns, a 14 year old is affectionate then aggressive, silent then outspoken.
the ability to say things in a clever or funny way:
Kate has a colourful turn of phrase.
a particular way of saying something [= expression]:
What a strange turn of phrase!
to say something you should not say in a particular situation, especially because you do not have enough authority to say it:
I'm sorry if I spoke out of turn, Major Karr.
to do something that is helpful or unhelpful for someone:
You did me a good turn by driving Max home last night.
used to say that if someone does something nice for you, you should do something nice for them
the particular way that someone usually thinks or feels
an academic/practical etc turn of mind
youngsters with an independent turn of mind
16 British English
if the tide is on the turn, the sea is starting to come in or go out
starting to change, or in the process of changing:
Hopefully my luck was on the turn.
if milk, fish, or other food is on the turn, it is no longer fresh
17 British English
a sudden increase in your speed, or the ability to increase your speed suddenly:
He's a top goalkicker with a surprising turn of speed.
18 British English
to be perfectly cooked
to walk somewhere for pleasure
to frighten someone
21 British English old-fashioned
to feel slightly ill