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  • v. To reverse direction and retrace one's steps.
  • v. To return to a previous state of being.
  • v. To prevent or refuse to allow passage or progress.
  • v. To adjust to a previous setting.
  • v. To fold something back; to fold down

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. go back to a previous state
  • v. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
  • v. retrace one's course
  • v. turn inside out or upside down
  • v. force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He started to turn back to the door but Stephen said, "Hey."

    The Coffin Dancer

  • I started to turn back to Sean Hayes to make an excuse, but as I started to speak, Stella grabbed another ball and broke it too.

    uncharted terriTORI

  • Hyphasis: The modern Beas River in northern India, where a mutiny of his men forced Alexander to turn back from his planned invasion of the Ganges valley.

    Alexander the Great

  • Alleyn saw the dirty wool turn back in a wave that was cream inside and watched the quarter-denuded sheep shoved away through the port-holes.

    Died in the Wool

  • Weddigen had traveled 200 miles on this patrol so far and was ready to turn back for home.

    Castles of Steel

  • And then I remember where we are and I turn back to my world, my ring-finger, my Tuesday night, with a smile.

    Tuesday Night

  • With Scott on hand to turn back the cattle, Ridge made short work of separating the shorthorn cow and maneuvering her into the smaller pen.

    Western Man

  • Trust me, even if he is suspicious, he's still no 'gaunny turn back until he's sure there's no money, and right now he sincerely wants to believe that there will be.

    Boiling a Frog

  • His reluctance to turn back when he reached Westernport was unquestionably due to the same cause.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • 'But you'll turn back and have a quart of beer wi 'me on the strength o't, Pa'son Tringham?

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles


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