This page has 8 definitions of turn around in English. Turn around is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use turn around in a sentence are shown. Also define these 29 related words and terms: turnaround, vertical, axis, turn, change, opposite, opinion, position, business, management, sports, reverse, expect, outcome, losing, winning, return, department, effectiveness, profitability, espionage, suddenly, consider, viewpoint, unit, time, produce, output, and generate.
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Turnaround definitionThe act of turning to face in the other direction. (1 of 11 turnaround definitions)
- (ergative) To physically rotate (usually around a vertical axis) for a half turn (180 degrees), a whole turn (360 degrees), or an indefinite amount.
- At the end of the road, we turned around and walked back to the hotel.
- The world turns around once every twenty-four hours.
- Turn around once or twice so I can see your new dress.
- A wheel turns around on an axle.
- If you kids don't cut it out I will turn this car around!
- 1756 November, Isaac Kimber, Edward Kimber, editor, The London magazine, or, Gentleman's monthly intelligencer, volume 25, page 517:
- ...and called him his father; this overpowered the brave man's heart, and obliged him to turn around, to prevent the tears that stood ready to gush from his eyes.
Turn definitionTo make a non-linear physical movement.
- Of a body, person, etc, to move around an axis through itself. (1 of 34 turn definitions)
- (transitive, figuratively) To change drastically in a fundamental way, often for the better; to change to the opposite (opinion or position).
- 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
- Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic who still resists the idea that something drastic needs to happen for him to turn his life around.
- She turned her position around and now she is in favor of the merger.
Change definitionTo become something different. (1 of 8 change definitions)
- (transitive, business, management, sports) To reverse an expected outcome (of a game, etc.), usually from a losing outcome to a winning one; to return (a business, department, etc.) to effectiveness, profitability, etc.
- 2011 February 1, Phil McNulty, “Arsenal 2-1 Everton”, in BBC:
- It took changes from Wenger and a rare defensive lapse from Everton before Arsenal finally turned the game around with two goals in the space of five minutes.
- The new management team has really turned the company around 180 degrees, and they expect a good profit next year.
- The team really turned it around in the second half for a great win.
- They were way ahead but the game turned around on them and they lost 4–3.
Sports definitionplural of
Outcome definitionThat which is produced or occurs as a result of an event or process. (1 of 4 outcome definitions)
Return definitionTo come or go back (to a place or person). (1 of 18 return definitions)
- (transitive, espionage) To convert (an agent) to work for one's own side.
- 2014, Joseph DiMona, To the Eagle's Nest
- Some months ago, the Captain had come to the FBI with a story that he had been contacted by Soviet agents, and the FBI had “turned him around” and used him to plant false and specially made up classified material of no importance on the Soviets.
Espionage definitionThe act or process of learning secret information through clandestine means.
- 2014, Joseph DiMona, To the Eagle's Nest
- (intransitive, idiomatic, colloquial) To suddenly change or reverse one's opinion, point of view, stated position, behaviour, etc.
- You can't just turn around and say that it was all my fault.
- (transitive, idiomatic, of an idea) To consider from a different viewpoint.
- Let's turn that around and look at it from another angle.
- (transitive, idiomatic, colloquial) (often with a unit of time) To produce; to output; to generate
- We can turn around 500 units by next week.
The business and sports sense is often followed by the intensifier 180 degrees. Deriving from this, phrases such as "I turned the project around 360 degrees" are belittled by prescriptivists, mathematicians and cartoonists alike. Often, the speaker intends the meaning of "180 degrees" but by evidence of their complete misunderstanding of conversational geometry, not only says the opposite, but gives listeners a good reason to believe that their intended effect did not come to pass. Instead, the situation was probably made worse; at best, one could suppose the net effect was nil, as if there truly had been a literal 360 degree rotation, exactly as the speaker said.
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