in turn
Prepositional phrase
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In response; in return.
    The musical ambassadors finished their performance, and the local musicians in turn played for them a traditional ballad.
  4. 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.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: в очередь
  • French: en retour
  • Portuguese: por vez
  • Russian: в свою́ о́чередь
  • French: à son tour, à leur tour
  • German: wiederum
  • Portuguese: por vez, por sua vez
  • Russian: в свою́ о́чередь
  • Spanish: a su vez

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