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Verb type: 1


  1. to change direction, turn, bend, shift
    kääntyä puoleen (+ genitive) ― to turn to; to approach, consult a person or an institution (often in a respectful manner), in order to ask for help or advice
    Käänny seuraavasta risteyksestä vasemmalle.
    Turn (to the) left in the next crossroads.
    Tie kääntyy jyrkästi oikealle.
    The road bends sharply to the right.
    Tuuli on kääntynyt itään.
    The wind has shifted to the East.
  2. to change; to take a different turn
    kääntyä paremmaksi ― to take a turn for the better
    Yhtäkkiä keskustelu kääntyi täysin toisenlaiseksi.
    Suddenly the discussion took a completely different turn.
    Onneni on kääntynyt.
    My luck has changed.
  3. to convert; to become a believer in a religion (to change religion)
    Hän kääntyi kristinuskoon. (illative)
    He converted to Christianity.
    Hän kääntyi kristityksi. (translative)
    He became a Christian.
  4. (intransitive) to translate (be translated)
  5. (nautical, aviation) to yaw (turn about the vertical axis)
  6. (intransitive, programming) to compile


Indicative Conjugations

The present, imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect (past perfect) tenses in English correspond to "speaks", "spoke", "has spoken", and "had spoken".

Present tense conjugation chart

Past tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart

Pluperfect tense conjugation chart

Conditional Conjugations

The conditional present and perfect moods in English typically correspond to "would" and "would have".

Present tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart