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turn the tide


to cause a complete reversal of the circumstances


change verb (size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.)

Past tense:

turned the tide

Present participle:

turning the tide

3rd-person singular present:

turns the tide

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

turn the tide

to reverse the general course of events (7 of 395 words, 7 usage examples)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

tide | tides [plural] | a rising tide of something | stem the tide of something | swim against/with the tide | the tide turns | turn the tide

[countable] the way that the level of the sea regularly rises and falls ... | [singular] a tendency of people to think or feel in a particular way ; a ... (29 of 234 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

turn the tide

reverse the trend of events | See parent entry "turn" (9 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/turn the tide 1


turn the tide [idiomatic]

To make a change, or reversal of general opinion. (9 of 27 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/turn the tide


turn [entry 1, verb] | turn a blind eye | turn a deaf ear | turn a hair | turn color | turn heads | turn loose | turn one's back on | turn one's hand | ...

to cause to move around an axis or a center; make rotate or revolve ; to ... | to cause to change position by moving through an arc of a circle ; to ... (32 of 1700 words, 37 definitions, 76 usage examples, pronunciations)


Random House Dictionary:

reverse | reversed [past tense] | reversing [present participle] | reverse bid [game of bridge, sense-specific]

opposite or contrary in position, direction, order, or character. | with the back or rear part toward the observer. | pertaining to or producing ... (22 of 418 words, 27 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

reverse | reversed [past tense] | reversing [present participle] | reverses [3rd-person singular present] | reversely [adverb, related] | reverser [noun, related]

Turned backward in position, direction, or order. | Having the back showing or in view of the observer. | Moving, acting, or organized in a manner ... (24 of 279 words, 23 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

reverse | reversed [past tense] | reversing [present participle] | reversely [adverb, related] | reverser [noun, related]

turned backward; opposite or contrary, as in position, direction, order, etc. ; with the back showing or in view | reversing the usual effect so as to ... (26 of 267 words, 19 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)



Reverse [disambiguation]

may refer to: The reverse side of currency or a flag; see Obverse and reverse | A change in the direction of: the movement of a motor or other prime mover; see Transmission (mechanics) | an engineering design: see Reverse engineering | a jet engine's ... (42 of 208 words, 21 definitions)


Cambridge Dictionary:

reverse [entry 1] | reverse the charges | call collect

to (cause something to) go backwards, or to change the direction, order, position, result, etc. of something to its opposite | "reverse the charges": ... (23 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/reverse 1

reverse [entry 2] | the reverse | in reverse (order) [in reverse] | in reverse order [in reverse] | in reverse [in reverse] | reverse gear [in reverse]

"the reverse": the opposite of what has been suggested | the back of a coin, medal, etc | "in reverse (order)": in the opposite order or way | ... (25 of 102 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/reverse 2

Encarta Dictionary:

reverse | reverses [plural] | reversed [past tense] | reversing [present participle]

to change something to the opposite direction, order, or position | to go backward, or move something in a backward direction | to change something so ... (24 of 391 words, 16 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701842​/definition​.html  [offline]

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