HyperDic: turn_back

English > 5 senses of the expression turn back:
VERBmotionturn back, backtrack, double backretrace one's course
changeturn back, revert, return, retrovert, regressgo back to a previous state
motionturn back, chase away, drive out, drive away, dispel, drive off, run offforce to go away
competitionturn back, check, arrest, stop, contain, hold backhold back, as of a danger or an enemy
changeturn back, invert, reverseturn inside out or upside down
English > turn back: 5 senses > verb 1, motion
Meaningretrace one's course.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Example"The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"
Synonymsbacktrack, double back
BroaderreturnGo or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
See alsoturnchange orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
Spanishdesandar, repasar
English > turn back: 5 senses > verb 2, change
MeaningGo back to a previous state.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Something is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s PP
Synonymsrevert, return, retrovert, regress
Narrowerrecover, go back, recuperateregain a former condition after a financial loss
relapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress, fall backGo back to bad behavior
resileReturn to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed
Broaderchange by reversal, turn, reversechange to the contrary
Spanishregresar, revertir
Catalanretornar, tornar
English > turn back: 5 senses > verb 3, motion
MeaningForce to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Example "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
Synonymschase away, drive out, drive away, dispel, drive off, run off
Narrowerbanishdrive away
clear the airdispel differences or negative emotions
firedrive out or away by or as if by fire
shoo off, shoo, shoo awaydrive away by crying 'shoo!'
Broadermove, displaceCause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
Similar torout out, drive out, force out, rouseForce or drive out
Spanishahuyentar, alejar, desvanecer
English > turn back: 5 senses > verb 4, competition
Meaninghold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Example "Turn back the tide of communism"
Synonymscheck, arrest, stop, contain, hold back
Narrowercut down, cut outintercept (a player)
BroaderdefendBe on the defensive
Spanishcontener, parar
Catalanparar
English > turn back: 5 senses > verb 5, change
MeaningTurn inside out or upside down.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsinvert, reverse
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Spanishinvertir, poner al revés, trastocar
Catalaninvertir

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