turn (n.) Old form(s): turne
need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]
AC II.v.58.2[Cleopatra to Messenger, of Antony being bound to Octavia] For what good turn? [pun: 59]
Ham V.ii.181[Hamlet to Horatio, of Osrick] There are no tongues else for's turn [i.e. to serve his purpose]
TS I.ii.167[Gremio to Hortensio, of Lucentio as Cambio and Bianca] I have lighted well / On this young man, for learning and behaviour / Fit for her turn
TS II.i.265[Petruchio to Katherina] I am a husband for your turn
TS II.i.63[Baptista to Petruchio, of Katherina] She is not for your turn
TS III.ii.131[Tranio to Lucentio, of a man to stand as Vincentio] It skills not much, we'll fit him to our turn
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