Definition of turn up in English:

turn up

phrasal verb

  • 1Be found, especially by chance, after being lost.

    ‘all the missing documents had turned up’
    • ‘This piece of local history has never been available on video / DVD but occasionally turns up on TV.’
    • ‘And so how does it respond when a shell of sarin actually turns up?’
    • ‘As soon as it appeared on some bonus CD, it started turning up in ‘file sharing’ sites.’
    • ‘One stray shell turns up, a year after destruction of the regime. Where did it come from?’
    • ‘Just occasionally something from the past turns up unexpectedly.’
    • ‘For sheer amusement, I plug names into Google and then see what turns up.’
    • ‘And Plato does not appear to be a nickname; it turns up frequently in the period.’
    • ‘A large number of dodgy documents have turned up over the last month.’
    • ‘Maybe something turns up in tests, or they don't want to go through with it, or they get a new job while the investigations are being carried out.’
    be found, be discovered, be located, come to light
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  • 2Put in an appearance; arrive.

    ‘half the guests failed to turn up’
    • ‘You know how it is, wait for ages for something to arrive and several turn up at once.’
    • ‘There would also be no pretence from him if a guest either failed to turn up or behaved inappropriately.’
    • ‘She failed to turn up and the judge issued the present warrant.’
    • ‘The best present was son Markus turning up from London for the event as a surprise guest.’
    • ‘That's as bad as turning up at someone's birthday party without a present.’
    • ‘Four taxi cabs turned up and another four would have arrived if Mr Banks had not phoned the cab company.’
    • ‘It took a while for the food to arrive but we had turned up early and didn't mind sitting in the sunshine.’
    • ‘She even stunned guests at the Scottish Film Awards in Glasgow by turning up on his arm as his guest.’
    • ‘It's a clever comedic drama involving a birthday party, a video camera and an expected guest who never turns up.’
    • ‘He is a ubiquitous presence, turning up when you least expect it.’
    come, go, be present, attend, put in an appearance, appear, turn up, arrive
    arrive, put in an appearance, make an appearance, appear, be present, present oneself, turn out
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