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
    meaning – start disliking someone/something
    example – If the king keeps raising taxes, his people will turn against him.
  • turn around
    meaning – face the opposite direction or change the fortune
    example – Shaun was told to turn around and face the wall as he was being disruptive.
  • turn away
    meaning – not allow someone to enter or face the other direction
    example – I held up the chewed shoe and 1 of my 4 dogs turned away.
  • turn down
    meaning – reduce the temperature/volume or reject an offer
    example – Turn your music down, the whole street can hear it.
  • turn in
    meaning – go to bed or hand someone to the police
    example – I feel great today, I turned in early last night.
  • turn into
    meaning – become something different
    example – Caterpillars turn into butterflies.
  • turn off
    meaning – stop an electrical device
    example – I’ve turned off the gas and electricity, I think we are ready to go on holiday.
  • turn on
    meaning – become aggressive or start an electrical device
    example – I’ll turn on my computer, I need to research train times.
  • turn out
    meaning – produce something or an unexpected result
    example – My week started badly, but it turned out ok in the end.
  • turn out for
    meaning – show up
    example – Not many turned out for the funeral.
  • turn over
    meaning – move so the top is facing the bottom, rob a business or change channel
    example – Can you turn the burgers over while you are in the kitchen?
  • turn to
    meaning – ask for help or start to do something to help you cope with difficulty
    example – He turned to drugs after losing his job.
  • turn up
    meaning – increase the temperature/volume or appear
    example – Can you turn up the heating? It’s freezing in here.

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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.

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?