turn (something) to account

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turn (something) to account

To gain or profit from something. I'm confident that I can turn this new invention of mine to account.
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But utilisation of all these bounties and natural resources could not be turned to account effectively without applying knowledge of science and technology".
At least, thus incited, some will find themselves newly eager to discover whether the authors' "native mycologists' standpoint" can be turned to account.
The chapter closes with an assertive response to recent problematisations of "society", as Wilson points to ways in which new approaches can be turned to account and emphasizes the difficulties sociologists experience when they try to incorporate historians' findings into their work.
Faller begins by summarizing the findings from his earlier study of criminal biography, Turned to Account (Cambridge, 1987), noting the complex of social, political, and religious problems that made the biographies such a popular genre in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England.
Building on his study of late seventeenth-and early eighteenth-century criminal biography, Turned to Account (1987), Faller reads Moll Flanders, Colonel Jack, and Roxana in and against that tradition in both its morally serious mode, where it approximates to spiritual (auto)biography, and its non-earnest form, as `Lives, of astonishing rogues.
Our client provides scales to a wide variety of industries including food service, liquor, and manufacturing and it turned to accounts receivable financing as the most efficient way to take its business to the next level.