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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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IT seems pretty hard to contain anger at moments, since VIP culture in this country seems to have turned us into slaves and the VIPs into Pharaohs.
I WAS moaning about sweaty armpits last week as the heatwave has turned us into B.O.
Turned us into a nation of grumblers, moaning about late trains and rip-off fares - oh, and changed every aspect of how we live, work and play.
It is they who has turned us into a team of cast-offs and short-term loan signings."
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"NATO has turned us into a candidate for the Guinness Book of World Records and if the EU got tired of enlargement, the young in the Balkans got tired of waiting and we bear responsibility before the coming generations," President Ivanov said at the session "Security and Stability in Southeast Europe and the Caucasus.
"The culture of celebrity has turned us into virtual vampires and deep down we despise that about ourselves.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that you are desirable" French actress Catherine Deneuve, 69 "Gordon spray-guns quick-fire facts and analysis like an intellectually superior rattlesnake with verbal diarrhoea" TV presenter and former Fleet Street editor Piers Morgan on having breakfast in California with former prime minister Gordon Brown "When I went to the White House, all I wanted to meet was the President's cat" Canadian actress Elisha Cuthbert "The culture of celebrity has turned us into virtual vampires, and deep down we despise that about ourselves.
The manager and his assistant Derek Ferguson have had their critics in the past year or so but have turned us into a younger and hungrier side.
But because a lack of self-control had turned us into TV zombies and because we just didn't use our cell phone much, we decided to perform an experiment.
In a similar twist of fate America's efforts at playing world cop have turned us into lawbreakers.
"Tungsten has turned us into a standards-based instructional machine," he says.
Articles criticizing this war and the lies that have turned us into the good guys in this invasion/occupation are the exception rather than the rule.
He killed an age-old style of football developed in the Shankly era,and turned us into one of the most unattractive teams in the Premiership.
"We were in a situation where we couldn't bring the money back in, so the law essentially turned us into criminals," Notarianni says.