U u


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [yoo turn]
    • /yu tɜrn/
    • /ˈjuː.tɜːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [yoo turn]
    • /yu tɜrn/

Definitions of u-turn word

  • noun u-turn a U -shaped turn made by a vehicle so as to head in the opposite direction from its original course. 1
  • noun u-turn a reversal of policy, tactics, or the like, resembling such a maneuver. 1
  • verb without object u-turn to execute a U-turn: to U-turn into oncoming traffic. 1
  • noun u-turn 180-degree turn 1
  • noun u-turn reversal of opinion 1
  • countable noun u-turn If you make a U-turn when you are driving or cycling, you turn in a half circle in one movement, so that you are then going in the opposite direction. 0

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Origin of u-turn

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
First recorded in 1925-30

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Parts of speech for U-turn


u-turn popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

Synonyms for u-turn

noun u-turn

  • about-face — An about-face is a complete change of attitude or opinion.
  • flip-flop — Informal. a sudden or unexpected reversal, as of direction, belief, attitude, or policy.
  • backtracking — to return over the same course or route.
  • flipflop — Alternative form of flip-flop.
  • yielding — inclined to give in; submissive; compliant: a timid, yielding man.

Top questions with u-turn

  • what is u-turn?
  • when is it legal to make a u-turn?
  • when is it illegal to make a u-turn?

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