take turns

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Verb1.take turns - do something in turnstake turns - do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift"
spell - take turns working; "the workers spell every four hours"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
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(təːn) verb
1. to (make something) move or go round; to revolve. The wheels turned; He turned the handle.
2. to face or go in another direction. He turned and walked away; She turned towards him.
3. to change direction. The road turned to the left.
4. to direct; to aim or point. He turned his attention to his work.
5. to go round. They turned the corner.
6. to (cause something to) become or change to. You can't turn lead into gold; At what temperature does water turn into ice?
7. to (cause to) change colour to. Her hair turned white; The shock turned his hair white.
1. an act of turning. He gave the handle a turn.
2. a winding or coil. There are eighty turns of wire on this aerial.
3. (also ˈturning) a point where one can change direction, eg where one road joins another. Take the third turn(ing) on/to the left.
4. one's chance or duty (to do, have etc something shared by several people). It's your turn to choose a record; You'll have to wait your turn in the bathroom.
5. one of a series of short circus or variety acts, or the person or persons who perform it. The show opened with a comedy turn.
ˈturning-point noun
a place where a turn is made. the turning-point in the race; a turning-point in his life.
ˈturnover noun
1. the total value of sales in a business during a certain time. The firm had a turnover of $100,000 last year.
2. the rate at which money or workers pass through a business.
ˈturnstile noun
a revolving gate which allows only one person to pass at a time, usually after payment of entrance fees etc. There is a turnstile at the entrance to the football ground.
ˈturntable noun
the revolving part of a record-player on which the record rests while it is being played. He put another record on the turntable so that people could dance to the music.
ˈturn-up noun
a piece of material which is folded up at the bottom of a trouser-leg. Trousers with turn-ups are not fashionable at the moment.
by turnsin turndo (someone) a good turn
to do something helpful for someone. He did me several good turns.
in turn, by turns
one after another, in regular order. They answered the teacher's questions in turn.
out of turn
out of the correct order.
speak out of turn
1. to speak without permission in class etc.
2. to say something when it is not your place to say it or something you should not have said.
take a turn for the better/worse
(of things or people) to become better or worse. His fortunes have taken a turn for the better; Her health has taken a turn for the worse.
take turns
(of two or more people) to do something one after the other, not at the same time. They took turns to look after the baby.
turn a blind eye
to pretend not to see or notice (something). Because he works so hard, his boss turns a blind eye when he comes in late.
turn against
to become dissatisfied with or hostile to (people or things that one previously liked etc). He turned against his friends.
turn away
to move or send away. He turned away in disgust; The police turned away the crowds.
turn back
to (cause to) go back in the opposite direction. He got tired and turned back; The travellers were turned back at the frontier.
turn down
1. to say `no' to; to refuse. He turned down her offer/request.
2. to reduce (the level of light, noise etc) produced by (something). Please turn down (the volume on) the radio – it's far too loud!
turn in
to hand over (a person or thing) to people in authority. They turned the escaped prisoner in to the police.
turn loose
to set free. He turned the horse loose in the field.
turn off
1. to cause (water, electricity etc) to stop flowing. I've turned off the water / the electricity.
2. to turn (a tap, switch etc) so that something stops. I turned off the tap.
3. to cause (something) to stop working by switching it off. He turned off the light / the oven.
turn on
1. to make water, elekctric current etc flow. He turned on the water / the gas.
2. to turn (a tap, switch etc) so that something works. I turned on the tap.
3. to cause (something) to work by switching it on. He turned on the radio.
4. to attack. The dog turned on him.
turn out
1. to send away; to make (someone) leave.
2. to make or produce. The factory turns out ten finished articles an hour.
3. to empty or clear. I turned out the cupboard.
4. (of a crowd) to come out; to get together for a (public) meeting, celebration etc. A large crowd turned out to see the procession.
5. to turn off. Turn out the light!
6. to happen or prove to be. He turned out to be right; It turned out that he was right.
turn over
to give (something) up (to). He turned the money over to the police.
turn up
1. to appear or arrive. He turned up at our house.
2. to be found. Don't worry – it'll turn up again.
3. to increase (the level of noise, light etc) produced by (something). Turn up (the volume on) the radio.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
Children frequently work together and take turns when interests collide, suggesting that this sophisticated social strategy emerges earlier in life than previously thought.
For example, people living together often agree to take turns washing up the dishes after meals or taking their children to school," said Professor Andrew Colman.
Your son is old enough to be taught to share and take turns in play.