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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
  1. 1

    turn into


    turn to

    [linking verb] turn into someone/something to change or develop into something different
    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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