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Definition 1: go back to a previous state - [verb of change]

Samples where turn back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We reverted to the old rules

Synonyms for turn back in the sense of this definition

(turn back is a kind of ...) change to the contrary

"The trend was reversed" "the tides turned against him" "public opinion turned when it was revealed that the president had an affair with a White House intern"

(... is a kind of turn back ) go back to bad behavior

"Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

(... is a kind of turn back ) return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed

"The rubber tubes resile"

(... is a kind of turn back ) regain a former condition after a financial loss

"We expect the stocks to recover to $2.90" "The company managed to recuperate"

Definition 2: turn inside out or upside down - [verb of change]

Synonyms for turn back in the sense of this definition

(turn back is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 3: hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of - [verb of competition]

Samples where turn back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Arrest the downward trend
  • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
  • Contain the rebel movement
  • Turn back the tide of communism

Synonyms for turn back in the sense of this definition

(turn back is a kind of ...) be on the defensive; act against an attack

(... is a kind of turn back ) intercept (a player)

Definition 4: retrace one's course - [verb of motion]

Samples where turn back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back

Synonyms for turn back in the sense of this definition

(turn back is a kind of ...) go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before

"return to your native land" "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"

Definition 5: force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings - [verb of motion]

Samples where turn back or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Drive away potential burglars
  • drive away bad thoughts
  • dispel doubts
  • The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers

Synonyms for turn back in the sense of this definition

(turn back is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of turn back ) drive out or away by or as if by fire

"The soldiers were fired" "Surrender fires the cold skepticism"

(... is a kind of turn back ) dispel differences or negative emotions

"The group called a meeting to finally clear the air"

(... is a kind of turn back ) drive away

"banish bad thoughts" "banish gloom"

(... is a kind of turn back ) drive away by crying `shoo!'

(turn back has a similar meaning as ...) force or drive out

"The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M."

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