turn toward

turn toward (someone or something)

1. To rotate one's head or body in the direction of someone or something. I turned toward the odd noise, but I couldn't see anything there. Please turn toward me when I'm speaking.
2. To cause or force someone or something to veer or rotate in the direction of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "turn" and "toward." She turned the boat toward shore when the dark storm clouds began to form on the horizon. The teacher turned the child toward the front of the class.
3. To accept or embrace someone or something. I turned toward religion when I was at my lowest, and it ended up saving my life. I've always turned toward fantasy novels when I've needed to escape from the stresses of real life. She turned toward her friends to help her get over the breakup.
4. To cause someone to accept, embrace, or become interested in someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "turn" and "toward." My uncle is always trying to turn me toward God, but I wish he would just accept that my beliefs differ from his. She travels to different schools around the state, trying to turn students toward science and math at as young an age as possible.
See also: toward, turn
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

turn someone or something toward someone or something

to turn someone or something to face someone or something. The nurse turned the old man toward his daughter, who had come to visit him. Ken turned the microphone toward the speaker.
See also: toward, turn
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He glared down at the dead panther and then, in a fit of rage, he seized and mauled the body only to drop it in a moment, lower his head, voice a single terrific roar, and turn toward the ape-man.
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