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change into (something)

1. To transform into something else, often a new form or state. How long will take for the caterpillar to change into a butterfly? The more time I spent on my novel, the more I realized that my scathing critique of modern society had changed into a love story.
2. To transform or alter someone or something into a new form or state. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "change" and "into." My son ran screaming when the magician offered to change him into a frog.
3. To dress oneself in different clothes. As soon as I get home from work, I want to change into comfy clothes immediately.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

change someone or something into someone or something

to make someone or something change form or state. The wizard claimed he could change a horse into a unicorn. He suddenly changed himself into a smiling friend rather than the gruff old man we had long known.
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change into someone or something

to alter one's or its state to another state. The ugly witch changed into a lovely maiden. An insect larva changes into a cocoon.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

change into

v.
1. To transform from one state to some other: The caterpillar will soon change into a moth.
2. To transform something from one state to some other: The alchemist tried to change lead into gold.
3. To put on some other clothing: After my workout at the gym, I showered and changed into regular clothes.
See also: change
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Agriculture is one of the few success stories in our country yet politicians such as Alun Davies wants to ruin us and change us into some green protectors of the land and allow our foreign competitors (with poorer animal welfare conditions) to provide us with the food required to feed our growing population.
May Christ change us into someone he can use for good!