What does ‘turn’ mean?

The word ‘turn’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to move in a circular direction or to change.​

For example:

  • The wheels began to turn. (circular direction)
  • The weather is about to turn, get your umbrellas ready. (change)

Turn is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is turned.

phrasal verbs with turn

Phrasal verbs with ‘turn’ include:

  • Turn against (start disliking)
  • Turn around (face the opposite direction)
  • Turn away (face a different direction)
  • Turn down (reject)
  • Turn in (go to bed)
  • Turn into (become something different)
  • Turn off (stop a device)
  • Turn on (start a device)
  • Turn out (produce)
  • Turn out for (show up)
  • Turn over (move so the top is facing the bottom)
  • Turn to (ask for help)
  • Turn up (increase)
phrasal verbs with turn

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘turn’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with turn - turn against
phrasal verbs with turn - turn around
phrasal verbs with turn - turn away
phrasal verbs with turn - turn down
phrasal verbs with turn - turn in
phrasal verbs with turn - turn into
phrasal verbs with turn - turn off
phrasal verbs with turn - turn on
phrasal verbs with turn - turn out for
phrasal verbs with turn - turn out
phrasal verbs with turn - turn over
phrasal verbs with turn - turn to
phrasal verbs with turn - turn up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with turn below.

idioms with verbs – TURN

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with turn, how about learning the idioms with turn too?