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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyturn to
he/she/itturns to
present participleturning to
past tenseturned to
past participleturned to
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  1. 1
    [transitive]turn to someone to go to someone for help when you are having difficulty dealing with a situation

    I’m sorry, but I had no one else to turn to.

    There are plenty of people you can turn to for advice.

    1. a.
      turn to something to start to do or to use something in an attempt to help yourself when you are having difficulty dealing with a situation
      turn to crime/drink/drugs:

      He turned to drugs after his wife left him.

  2. 2
    [linking verb]turn to something same as turn into (sense 1)
  3. 3
    [transitive]turn something to something same as turn into (sense 1)

    Roads were turned to mud by days of rain.

  4. 4
    [transitive]turn something to someone/something to direct your attention, thoughts etc towards someone or something

    It is time he turned his mind to more serious problems.

    1. a.
      [transitive]turn to something to start thinking about or discussing something

      Let’s turn to more important matters now.

  5. 5
    [transitive]turn to something to start doing something new or different from what you were doing before

    Karras, the ex-football star who later turned to acting

  6. 6
    [transitive]turn to something to look for a particular page in a book

    Turn to page 17 for our prices.

  7. 7
    [transitive]turn to something same as turn1

    The minutes turned to hours and still no one came.

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