• (British) enPR: chû(r)n, IPA: /tʃɜː(ɹ)n/
  • (America) IPA: /tʃɝn/

churn (churns, present participle churning; past and past participle churned)

  1. (transitive) To agitate rapidly and repetitively, or to stir with a rowing or rocking motion; generally applies to liquids, notably cream.
    Now the cream is churned to make butter.
    no-churn ice cream
    • 1717, Joseph Addison, Metamorphoses
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  2. (transitive, figuratively) To produce excessive and sometimes undesirable or unproductive activity or motion.
  3. (intransitive) To move rapidly and repetitively with a rocking motion; to tumble, mix or shake.
    I was so nervous that my stomach was churning.
  4. (informal, travel, aviation) To repeatedly cancel and rebook a reservation in order to refresh ticket time limits or other fare rule restrictions.
  5. (US, informal, finance, travel) To continually sign up for new credit cards in order to earn signup bonuses, airline miles, and other benefits.
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  1. A vessel used for churning, especially for producing butter.
    a butter churn
  2. (telecommunications) The time when a consumer switches his/her service provider.
  3. (telecommunications) The mass of people who are ready to switch carriers.
  4. Cyclic activity that achieves nothing.
    • 2007, Hari Kunzru, My Revolutions (page 102)
      quote en
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  • Russian: отто́к абонентов

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