turn to

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turn to (third-person singular simple present turns to, present participle turning to, simple past and past participle turned to)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see turn,‎ to.
  2. (said of objects) To become, to degenerate into.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55: 
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
    all things turn to dust; iron turns to rust in the presence of air and water
  3. To consult for advice.
    When I'm in trouble, I turn to my pastor to help me.

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