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Meaning of TURN BACK

Pronunciation:  turn bak

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
  2. [v]  hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in SE Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back athe tide of communism"
  3. [v]  force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings; "Drive away potential burglars"; "drive away bad thoughts"; "dispel doubts"; "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
  4. [v]  retrace one's course; "The hikers got into a storm and had to turn back"
 Synonyms: arrest, backtrack, chase away, check, contain, dispel, double back, drive away, drive off, drive out, hold back, regress, retrovert, return, revert, run off, stop
 See Also: banish, change by reversal, clear the air, come back, cut down, cut out, defend, displace, fire, frighten, get back, go back, go back, move, recover, recuperate, resile, return, reverse, shoo, shoo away, shoo off, turn