Definition of take turns in US English:

take turns

(British take it in turns)


  • (of two or more people) do something alternately or in succession.

    • ‘My girl and I took turns putting our fingers in our ears, or hands over our eyes during the scary bits.’
    • ‘The duo took turns writing scenes then acting each one out.’
    • ‘All four girls would take turns with the churn.’
    • ‘You and your partner should take it in turns, on alternate days, to be the asker.’
    • ‘Then they took turns to cook and watch spectacular sunsets.’
    • ‘Speakers then took turns to denounce the government, complaining of unemployment, poverty and corruption.’
    • ‘The girls took turns feeding her by hand as she hung there.’
    • ‘They were taking it in turns to call each other big girls on their CDs.’
    • ‘There were two other girls who were taking turns trying to get his attention.’
    • ‘We had two footballs and took turns lining up penalties.’
    alternate, take turns, take it in turns, act in sequence, work in sequence, trade places, change, switch, interchange, exchange, swap
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