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- One after the other; one at a time; in succession; successively.
- The teacher answered the students each in turn.
- Each member of the group, in turn, rose to share a personal story, until nearly everyone in the room had spoken.
- Eventually, each of the countries in turn would be brought to submission by the invading force.
- In due order; in proper sequence; in a determined or measured sequence, as a waiting line or queue.
- You are next in turn to bat.
- The boy was next in turn to sit on Santa's lap.
- In response; in return.
- The musical ambassadors finished their performance, and the local musicians in turn played for them a traditional ballad.
- Having a relationship sequentially comparable to one just mentioned; accordingly or similarly, with respect to sequence, precedence, or hierarchy.
- The vassals were subject to their lords, who in turn were subject to barons or kings.
- My car was hit by a truck, which in turn was hit by the van.
- Mr. X leaked the secret to Mr. Y who in turn leaked it to Mr. Z.
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one after the other; successively
in due order, as a queue
in response in return
having a relationship sequentially comparable to one just mentioned