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turn into

1. To take a turn leading into some place or thing. We turned into a dark alleyway to avoid the police. I don't like the sounds coming from the engine. Turn into that service station so we can see if anything is wrong.
2. To cause someone or something to take a turn leading into some place or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "turn" and "into." I managed to turn the car into an empty field so as not to cause a major accident on the highway.
3. To change or transform into some other form. This sofa turns into a bed, so there is a place for you to sleep tonight if you need to stay over. The caterpillar turns into a butterfly after it comes out of its cocoon.
4. To change in nature, character, or behavior. You've turned into a real jerk since you became rich!
5. To change or transform someone or something into some other state or form. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "turn" and "into." They've turned this abandoned warehouse into a wonderful art gallery. The witch in the story turns the princess into a hideous beast.
6. To change someone's nature, character, or behavior. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "turn" and "into." The allure of total power can turn even the most altruistic leader into a tyrant. Years of poverty and mistreatment has turned him into quite the bitter, cynical person.
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turn someone or something into someone or something

to change someone or something into someone or something else. The magician tried to turn Ginny into a robin. She turned the parrot into a dove.
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turn into someone or something

to change into someone or something. After work is over, he turns into a fairly nice person. The room turned into a very pleasant place when the lights were dimmed.
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turn into

v.
1. To direct one's way or course into something: The truck turned into the gas station.
2. To cause someone or something to take on some character, nature, identity, or appearance; change or transform someone or something into someone or something: The designer turned a rundown house into a show place. We turned the spare room into a nursery.
3. To change into something or someone; become transformed into something or someone: The night turned into day. In the story, straw turns into gold.
4. To convert something into something: The singers turned their talent into extra money.
5. To pour, let fall, or otherwise release something into some receptacle: The chef turned the soup into the dish.
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"They want to turn us into transactional units, where I get this and you get that and it's like a man-eat-man, woman-eat-woman society.
THE Department of Social Welfare has for years been urging us to spy on our neighbours if we suspect they are diddling the dole but now gardai want to turn us into a nation of informers.
The kind of state that Al Wefaq is trying so hard to turn us into; the kind of bargaining chip that certain powers want to turn us into; the kind of country that we Bahrainis would never allow them to mutate us into.
Markets other than the EU are growing hugely and already account for the major part of our exports - as a long-established trading nation we have nothing to fear about change - except the continual erosion of our national sovereignty which will gradually turn us into a province in the republic of Europe.
If Canada was attacked by a country that wanted to turn us into a Muslim theocracy then I and many others might resort to "terrorism." When you are attacked and don't have the high tech weaponry to fight back in a conventional way then what choice do you have but non-conventional methods?
Focusing on the coming of age stories that riddle all of our lives and turn us into the people that we are today, and serving as a memorial to his adoptive parents, "Blueberry Summers: Growing up at the Lake" is a top pick for those seeking to look back at a childhood much like their own and for community library memoir collections.
We know we need maybe two or three players to turn us into a side that will compete for the Premiership title.
It is beyond belief that they should not be prepared to pay Premier League prices to support a club that has shown its ambition by selling its best player and has consistently refused to spend the money needed to turn us into a major force.
Instead of having wonderful investors from Dubai, we are on the verge of being sold to someone who wants to turn us into Liverpool Soccer franchise.
One AOH member said: "McGeough and a few others joined recently and they want to turn us into a hardline Catholic group - like the AOH in the States...
Rover, then Peugeot, is it a government plot to destroy our manufacturing and turn us into a vessel of the French-German empire?
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Will the drift not inevitably turn us into low church wobblies?
Neither did getting the cane at school turn us into maladjusted adults.