<make vs. turn> something over to somebody

High on grammar

Senior Member
Hello everyone:
According to Longman English Dictionary, “make something over to somebody” means to officially and legally give money or property to someone else.

He made over the whole estate to his son.

The same dictionary defines “turn something over to somebody” in almost the same way:

To give someone the right to own something, or to make someone responsible for dealing with something:

He'll turn the shop over to his son when he retires.

I would like to know the difference between the two, if there is one.

  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I'd say that to make something over to someone suggests a formal written legal document.

    To turn something over is a more casual phrase just suggesting that the shop or whatever is passed on.
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