Definition of Turn up

1. Verb. Appear or become visible; make a showing. "I hope the list key is going to surface again"

Exact synonyms: Come On, Come Out, Show Up, Surface
Generic synonyms: Appear
Derivative terms: Surface

2. Verb. Bend or lay so that one part covers the other. "They turn up the sheets"; "Turn up your collar"
Exact synonyms: Fold, Fold Up
Generic synonyms: Change Surface
Specialized synonyms: Pleat, Plicate, Crease, Furrow, Wrinkle, Crease, Crinkle, Crisp, Ruckle, Scrunch, Scrunch Up, Wrinkle, Corrugate, Pleat, Ruffle, Tuck, Crimp, Pinch, Cross, Collapse
Derivative terms: Fold, Fold, Folder, Folding, Turnup
Antonyms: Unfold

3. Verb. Discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining. "My search turned up nothing"
Exact synonyms: Locate
Related verbs: Dig Up, Excavate
Generic synonyms: Find, Regain
Specialized synonyms: Unearth, Nail, Pinpoint
Derivative terms: Location, Location

4. Verb. Be shown or be found to be. "She turned up HIV positive"
Exact synonyms: Prove, Turn Out
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Ensue, Result

5. Verb. Find by digging in the ground. "I dug up an old box in the garden"
Exact synonyms: Dig Up, Excavate
Specialized synonyms: Grub Out, Grub Up, Nuzzle, Disinter, Exhume
Generic synonyms: Obtain
Related verbs: Locate
Derivative terms: Excavation, Excavation, Excavation

Definition of Turn up

1. Verb. (intransitive) To show up; to appear suddenly or unexpectedly. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To increase the amount of something by means of a control, such as the volume, heat, or light. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To reposition by rotating, flipping, etc. upwards. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive nautical) To belay or make fast a line on a cleat or pin. ¹

5. Noun. A stroke of good luck. (rfex) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turn Up

turn tail
turn the air blue
turn the corner
turn the frown upside down
turn the other cheek
turn the page
turn the table
turn the tables
turn the tide
turn thumbs down
turn to
turn to custard
turn to dust
turn turtle
turn up (current term)
turn up for the book
turn up one's nose
turn up the heat
turn up the pressure
turn upside down
turnabout is fair play
turnaround time

Literary usage of Turn up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"... the sudden breaking of a cloud caused them to turn up the hoods of their cloaks. Almost immediately the rain stopped, and the paving-stones of the ..."

2. Suomalais-englantilainen sanakirja by Severi Alanne (1919)
"... turn [one's coat, takkinsa] (wrong side out), turn up; reverse, invert [the order of the words, ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"It was but a step to build up the sides and turn up the ends, and at this point we reach the genesis of ark and punt, of sanpan and junk, or, in other words ..."

4. The Popular Science Monthly (1884)
"Impairment of the general health accompanies it; in its worst forms a partial displacement of the bones occurs, the toes turn up, and the sole grows convex, ..."

5. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1884)
"Impairment of the general health accompanies it ; in its worst forms a partial displacement of the bones occurs, the toes turn up, and the sole grows convex ..."

6. A Cycle of Adams Letters, 1861-1865 by Charles Francis Adams, Henry Adams (1920)
"I may very likely myself turn up some of these days in the lists. .. . CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, JR., TO HENRY ADAMS Boston, Tuesday, September 17,1861 As I ..."

7. The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal by John Camden Hotten (1874)
"Among sporting men bookmakers are said to have a turn up when an unbacked horse ... turn up, to make sick. People are said to be TURNED up by sea-sickness, ..."

8. The Common School Journal by Horace Mann (1852)
"turn up, turn up the under soil; Turn to the light, and air, and sky; ... turn up, turn up, with patient hand, The deeper soil that hides the gold; ..."

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