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February 28, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

1. When you turn up a machine or electrical device you change the controls so that it is producing more of something, for example sound or heat. Examples of use: a) Can you turn the television up, please? I can’t hear it. b) The oven isn’t hot enough. You need to turn it up. c) […]

February 26, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To turn away someone (or turn someone away) means to not let them to enter a place. Examples of use: 1. We were turned away from the bus because it was full. 2. Paul was turned away from the restaurant because he wasn’t wearing a tie. 3. The shelter for the homeless never turns anyone […]

February 25, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To turn against someone is to stop liking them and start disliking them and becoming unfriendly towards them. Example of use: 1. The voters turned against their Member of Parliament when he lied to them. 2. The football coach denies reports he turned against his star player. To turn someone against someone, or something, is […]

February 24, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To turn to something is to start to do or take something (for example, drink, drugs or crime) because your life is not going well. Examples of use: 1. Kenneth turned to a life of crime when he lost his job. 2. She turned to drink when her husband left her. To turn to somebody […]

February 23, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To turn off something (or turn something off) is to stop it from working or flowing with a switch or a tap. Turn off is the opposite of turn on. Examples of use: 1. Don’t forget to turn the tap off when you’ve finished washing your hands. 2. I’ve turned off all the lights and […]

February 22, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

When something turns into something else it becomes that thing. Examples of use: 1. The caterpillar turned into a chrysalis. 2. The handsome prince turned into a frog If someone turns something into something else they change it into that thing. Examples of use: 1. The property developers turned the big old house into four […]

February 22, 2010 By Angela Boothroyd

To turn in is to go to bed. (Informal) Examples of use: 1. It’s late. I think I’ll turn in. 2. You look tired. Why don’t you turn in early? To turn somebody in is to tell the police that this person has committed a crime, or to tell the police where they can find […]