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


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

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To turn round or about.
  2. (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, [...]