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. (said of objects) To become, to degenerate into.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in 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
  2. To consult for advice or help.
    When I'm in trouble, I turn to my pastor to help me.
  3. To start to do or to use something in an attempt to deal with a difficult and unpleasant situation.
    Breakups can be incredibly difficult, but one may wish to seek therapy rather than turn to drugs.
  4. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see turn,‎ to.
    Turn to the left up here.
    To start my homework, I had to turn to page twenty in my textbook.

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