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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyturn into
he/she/itturns into
present participleturning into
past tenseturned into
past participleturned into
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    turn into


    turn to

    [linking verb]turn into someone/something to change or develop into something different
    Our holiday turned into a nightmare.
    1. a.
      [transitive]turn someone/something into /someone/something to make someone or something change or develop into something different
      The freezing temperatures had turned the water in the lake into ice.
      His first novel was turned into a television film.
  2. 2
    [linking verb]turn into something if one period of time turns into another longer period of time, the amount of time that passes increases in a way that is noticeable
    As the days and weeks turned into months, he found great comfort in her presence.
  3. 3
    [linking verb] to change into something else as a result of magic
    With one wave of her magic wand, the mice turned into strong white horses.
    1. a.
      [transitive]turn someone/something into someone/something to make someone or something change into someone or something else using magic
      the tale of a prince who is turned into a frog by his wicked stepmother
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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