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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. © 2022 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

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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References in classic literature ?
Suddenly the angry, squirrel-like expression of the princess' pretty face changed into a winning and piteous look of fear.
But that doesn't mean that the basic plan has to be changed into scrap paper.