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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English biturnen, from Old English *beturnian, betyrnan (to turn around; bend the knee, prostrate oneself), equivalent to be- +‎ turn.

VerbEdit

beturn (third-person singular simple present beturns, present participle beturning, simple past and past participle beturned)

  1. (archaic, transitive, intransitive) To turn round or about.
  2. (archaic, transitive, intransitive, reflexive) To turn around; turn back; return.
    • 1821, The Retrospective review, and historical and antiquarian magazine:
      To their advises the disdaineful hart / Of this audacious youth beturning plies, []

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