in turn meaning

  • Adverb
    1. One after the other; one at a time; in succession; successively.
      1. The teacher answered the students each in turn.
      2. Each member of the group, in turn, rose to share a personal story, until nearly everyone in the room had spoken.
      3. Eventually, each of the countries in turn would be brought to submission by the invading force.
    2. In due order; in proper sequence; in a determined or measured sequence, as a waiting line or queue.
      1. You are next in turn to bat.
      2. The boy was next in turn to sit on Santa's lap.
    3. In response; in return.
      1. The musical ambassadors finished their performance, and the local musicians in turn played for them a traditional ballad.
    4. Having a relationship sequentially comparable to one just mentioned; accordingly or similarly, with respect to sequence, precedence, or hierarchy.
      1. The vassals were subject to their lords, who in turn were subject to barons or kings.
      2. My car was hit by a truck, which in turn was hit by the van.
      3. Mr. X leaked the secret to Mr. Y who in turn leaked it to Mr. Z.
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • The bulk of K–12 education funds are allocated to school districts that in turn pay for the cost of operating schools.
      • She points to a shooting board propped against the studio wall. It resembles a game of 52 card pickup which has been picked up in turn from the floor and pinned en masse to the board.
      • Malabsorptive operations, such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the duodenal switch, can lead to hyperoxaluria, oxalate lithiasis and renal oxalosis which can in turn cause renal damage.

Meaning of in turn for the defined word.

Grammatically, this idiom "in turn" is a phrase, more specifically, a prepositional phrase. It's also an adverb, more specifically, an uncomparable adverb. It's also a preposition, more specifically, a prepositional phrase.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Phrases
      • Prepositional phrases
      • Adverbs
        • Uncomparable adverbs
        • Prepositions
          • Prepositional phrases
        Definiteness: Level 6
        Definite    ➨     Versatile

        Other Vocabulary

        Look-Alike Words
        1. en inturn
        2. en in-turn
        3. en intern
        4. en inburn
        5. en unturn
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