||Phrasal Verb Meaning
||To call briefly at a port.
||Our ship touched at Cape Town for a few hours.
||To come or bring down to the ground.
||The big crowd cheered when the spacecraft touched down safely
||To mark slightly with a brush, pencil, colour, etc.
||His painting is almost finished; he’s touching in some small details to improve on it.
||To cause something to explode.
||The build-up of gas touched off a series of small explosions.
|To cause an action or a process to begin.
||The book touched off a storm of controversy.
||To deal briefly with someone or something else when speaking or writing.
||In his lecture on the subject, he touched on the writer.
||To make minor improvements.
||She touched up her face before meeting him.
||To make an attempt at achieving something.
||They tried very hard for an equalizing goal in the second half.
||To put on an item of clothing to see if it fits or suits.
||She tried it on but it didn’t fit her.
||To undergo a competitive qualifying test.
||They tried her out for the supporting role in the comedy film.
|To test to see if you like it.
||When you are at the seaside resort, don’t forget to try out the seafood dishes.
||To disagree with or become hostile to someone or something.
||His supporters turned against him when he defected to the opposition party.
||To transform an unsuccessful business into a successful one.
||A new general manager was appointed to turn around the ailing company.
||To refuse entry to someone.
||They turned a group of visitors away as it was closing time.
|To force someone to go somewhere else.
||The slow service of the restaurant turned away potential customers.
|To move your face so that you are not looking at the same thing.
||When I saw the blood at the accident scene, I turned away.
||To go back in the direction one has come from.
||We had better turn back as the sea is getting too rough for sailing in a small boat.
||She turned down his proposal for the tenth time.
|To lower the volume, heat, etc.
||How many times do I have to tell you to turn down the radio?
||To hand something over to someone.
||Someone turned my lost passport in to the police.
|To go to bed.
||It’s rather late; it’s time we turned in.
|To inform on.
||A gang member turned the leader in to the police.
|To make a return.
||This is the first quarter that the new company is expected to turn in a profit.
|To hand in.
||He was forced to turn in his letter of resignation, failing which he would be sacked.
||To change something into something else.
||There was loud applause when the magician turned a carrot into a rabbit.
|To transform a place.
||The fishing village has been turned into a seaside resort.
||To repel or make repelled.
||His arrogance really turned her off.
|To leave one road and enter another.
||We turned off the highway and went down a bumpy road to reach our destination.
|To stop something from operating.
||When you turn off the tap, you do it clockwise.
||To excite or become excited, especially sexually.
||Girls with long hair really turn me on.
|To cause something to begin operating.
||It’s nearly dark already; why are you still not turning on your car light?
|To attack someone.
||Why turn on him when he has nothing to do with it?
||To discover something previously unknown, or unexpectedly.
||It turned out that the butler was the one who committed the murder.
|To assemble as for a public event.
||An estimated ten thousand people turned out for the fireworks display.
|To be found out.
||The burglar who stole the diamond turned out to be the police inspector.
|To take part or to attend.
||The district has the highest number of people in the country turning out to vote.
|To produce something through a manufacturing process.
||With the new machine, they are able to turn out 500 packets per hour.
|To result in or have a particular outcome.
||Initially, none of us believed his story which turned out to be true.
||To transfer someone or something to someone else.
||The abandoned baby was turned over to the welfare department.
|To make an amount of money in a given period.
||We think his new business is turning over at least a few thousand dollars a month.
|To switch to another television station or channel.
||If you are not watching, we are turning over to the other channel.
|To think about something.
||He couldn’t get to sleep as he kept turning the thought over in his mind.
||To seek help from something.
||She turned to drugs to get over her depression.
|To look for a page in a book.
||If you turn to page 123, you will find the next page missing.
|To go to someone for advice.
||She turned to counseling for her depression.
||To appear suddenly or unexpectedly.
||A woman who was reported missing a few weeks ago turned up at the press office.
|To find something.
||The police combed the entire area, but turned up no clues to the murder.
|To be present publicly; to arrive.
||Less than half of the invited guests turned up for the event.
|To occur unexpectedly.
||He missed the appointment as something that required his urgent attention turned up.
|To increase the level of something such as heat, sound, light, etc.
||Don’t turn up the volume on the television; I want to take a nap.