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Meaning of "U-turn" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF U-TURN

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF U-TURN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
U-Turn is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES U-TURN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

U-turn

U-turn

A U-turn in driving refers to performing a 180 degree rotation to reverse the direction of travel. It is called a "U-turn" because the maneuver looks like the letter U. In some areas, the maneuver is illegal, while in others, it is treated as a more ordinary turn, merely extended. In still other areas, lanes are occasionally marked "U-turn permitted" or even "U-turn only." Occasionally, on a divided highway, special U-turn ramps exist to allow traffic to make a U-turn, though often their use is restricted to emergency and police vehicles only. In the United States, U-turn regulations vary by state: in Indiana U-turns are allowed as long as the driver follows all of the precautions normally ascribed to making a left turn. Many places, including Texas and Georgia, have specially designed U-turn lanes. In Michigan, U-turns are required for many left turns to and from divided highways, as part of the Michigan Left maneuver. It can also be used to mean a sudden reversal of policy in politics.

Definition of U-turn in the English dictionary

The definition of U-turn in the dictionary is a turn made by a vehicle in the shape of a U, resulting in a reversal of direction. Other definition of U-turn is a complete change in direction of political or other policy.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE U-TURN

U bolt
U Thant
U-bend
U-boat
U-lock
U-shaped
U-shaped valley
U.
u.c.
u.s.
U.S.A.
U/S
U2
U4E
ua
UAE
uakari
UAM
UAR
UART

WORDS THAT END LIKE U-TURN

about-turn
ampere-turn
at every turn
counter-turn
day return
downturn
internal rate of return
on the turn
overturn
point of no return
rate of return
return
sale and return
sale or return
Saturn
tax return
the point of no return
the turn
to a turn
turn

Synonyms and antonyms of U-turn in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «U-TURN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «U-turn» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of U-turn

Translation of «U-turn» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF U-TURN

Find out the translation of U-turn to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of U-turn from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «U-turn» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

U形转弯
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

cambio de sentido
570 millions of speakers

English

U-turn
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

यू टर्न
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الِالْتِفَافُ إِلَى الِاتِّـجَاهِ الـمُعَاكِسِ بِالسَّيَّارة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

разворот
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

meia-volta
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উল্টো বাঁক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

demi-tour
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pusingan U
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wende
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

Uターン
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

U턴
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

U-turn
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự vòng ngược
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

யூ-டர்ன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

यू-टर्न
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Senin sıran
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

inversione a U
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zawracanie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

розворот
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

întoarcere
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αναστροφή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

U-draai
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

helomvändning
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

u-sving
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of U-turn

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «U-TURN»

The term «U-turn» is quite widely used and occupies the 34.410 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «U-TURN»

Discover the use of U-turn in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to U-turn and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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U-Turn: What If You Woke Up One Morning and Realized You ...
In chapters that address everything from the neuroscience behind epiphanies to the possibility of "forcing" a U-turn, Grierson brilliantly describes and elucidates this powerful, mysterious phenomenon, and in doing so illuminates all of our ...
Bruce Grierson, 2008
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The U-Turn Church: New Direction for Health and Growth
Through the stories of two churches that have experienced healthy transformation, readers will see that there is not just one right way to reverse decline.
Kevin G. Harney, Bob Bouwer, 2011
3
U-Turn Teaching: Strategies to Accelerate Learning and ...
Help middle schoolers engage in the classroom before it’s too late! The authors’ four principles of brain-based learning show you how to create strong, positive learning patterns.
Rich Allen, Jenn Currie, 2012
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The Great U-turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing ...
This devastating critique by the authors of The Deindustrialization of America documents how the economic policies of the Reagan era have damaged the American standard of living and suggests how this trend may be reversed.
Bennett Harrison, Barry Bluestone, 1990
5
Relationship U-Turn: Approaches to Increase the Value of an ...
Customer relationship management concentrates to a great extent on the profitable customers and how to enhance their profitability.
Kerstin Helmes, 2011
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Safety of U-turns at Unsignalized Median Openings
Where traffic volume data were not available for a set of median openings in a corridor, the research team (1) performed turning movement counts (including counts of U-turn maneuvers) for at least one median opening in the corridor and ( 2) ...
‎2004
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Impacts of Access Management Techniques
When incorporated into intersection designs, U-turn provisions enable direct left turns to be rerouted and signal phasing to be simplified. Figure 37 illustrates the many conflicting movements where there are closely spaced, full median ...
Jerome S. Gluck, Herbert S. Levinson, Vergil G. Stover, 1999
8
Nine-eleven U-turn
Syed Mohammad Naseem. Since 3rd November, with the imposition of the Emergency, the country is in a state of suspended animation. The Constitution is in tatters, human rights and civil liberties have been severely curtailed and the general ...
Syed Mohammad Naseem, 2007
9
Operational Impacts of Median Width on Larger Vehicles
Highway agencies should anticipate this U-turn demand either by providing median crossover roadways for U-turns or by assuring that other median openings with conventional left-turn lanes have appropriate geometrics for U-turn maneuvers ...
Douglas W. Harwood, William D. Glauz, 2000
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When the Universe Took a U-turn
This book addresses some of the baffling questions encountered at the final frontier of space and time related to particle physics and cosmology in the context of recent iconoclastic observations and developments.
Burra Gautam Sidharth, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «U-TURN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term U-turn is used in the context of the following news items.
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Jeremy Hunt's U-turn on social care 'cost taxpayer £100m'
Jeremy Hunt's U-turn on social care 'cost taxpayer £100m'. Health secretary faces tough questions from MPs amid growing anger at policy fiasco over cap on ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
2
Jason Segel Makes a Career U-Turn as David Foster Wallace in …
That it was such a U-turn from Mr. Segel's regular fare made the part only more tantalizing: Mr. Segel had grown weary of rote rom-com roles and was ravenous ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
3
Government makes 'outrageous' U-turn over fracking in precious …
The government has made a U-turn on its promise to exclude fracking from Britain's most important nature sites, arguing that the shale gas industry would be ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
4
No U-turn: David Cameron still wants to break encryption
Media reports claimed the prime minister had performed a "u-turn" on his apparent plan to ban encryption to ensure terrorists had no "safe space" to ... «Wired.co.uk, Jul 15»
5
Greek PM heads back to Parliament in austerity U-turn
His effective U-turn came as the Greek banks remained closed and the economy moved to the verge of collapse, putting enormous pressure on his government ... «The Globe and Mail, Jul 15»
6
Michael Gove scraps £100m 'secure college' plan in U-turn
The justice secretary, Michael Gove, has scrapped plans for a giant £100m “secure college” for teenage prisoners, in a U-turn that will be embarrassing for his ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
7
Newark-bound jet makes unusual U-turn to pick up mystery men
A jetliner en route from Delhi to Newark made an abrupt U-turn moments before takeoff in India, returning to the gate to pick up two mystery men in a highly ... «New York Post, Jun 15»
8
Sepp Blatter 'considering U-turn' to stay on as Fifa president after …
Sepp Blatter could perform and incredible U-turn on his decision to stand down as Fifa president after receiving supportive messages from officials in Africa and ... «The Independent, Jun 15»
9
The great David Cameron EU referendum U-turn – how it happened
The great David Cameron EU referendum U-turn – how it happened. How the prime minister abruptly changed his line on whether ministers would have to ... «The Guardian, Jun 15»
10
Millions of savers hit as Friends Life performs U-turn on pension …
As many as five million savers will be unable to use their pensions like bank accounts after one of Britain's biggest insurers cancelled plans to offer the ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jun 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. U-Turn [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/u-turn>. Mar 2019 ».
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