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English noun: turn around

1. turn around (event) turning in an opposite direction or position

SamplesThe reversal of the image in the lens.


Broader (hypernym)turn, turning

English verb: turn around

1. turn around (motion) turn abruptly and face the other way, either physically or metaphorically

SamplesHe turned around to face his opponent.
My conscience told me to turn around before I made a mistake.

Synonymsswing about, swing around

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)turn

2. turn around (change) improve dramatically

SamplesThe new strategy turned around sales.
The tutor turned around my son's performance in math.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

3. turn around (change) improve significantly; go from bad to good

SamplesHer performance in school picked up.

Synonymspick up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate

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