in turn(redirected from in turns)
In the appropriate place in an order or sequence of things or actions. You will get your opportunity in turn, but right now it's Rita's time.
in the appropriate point in the series or order; when one's turn comes. Someone has to wash the dishes after every meal. All of us will have to do it in turn. All three of them shared the task of carrying water in turn.
Also, in turns. In the proper order or in sequence; also, one at a time. For example, Each generation in turn must deal with the same budget problems, or Someone must be awake at all times, so let's sleep in turns. [Late 1500s] Also see out of turn; take turns.
1 one after another: The teacher spoke to all of us in turn.
2 as a result of something in a series of events: Increased production will, in turn, lead to higher profits. ♢ She was very angry with me and I in turn was very upset.