Meaning of “turn (sb/sth) into sb/sth” in the English Dictionary

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"turn (sb/sth) into sb/sth" in British English

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turn (sb/sth) into sb/sth

phrasal verb with turn uk /tɜːn/ us /tɝːn/ verb

B1 to change and become someone or something different, or to make someone or something do this:

The council was hoping to turn a children's home into a residence for adolescent girls.
The town turned from a small seaside resort into a major commercial centre when oil was discovered.

More examples

  • It would need more than a few exercises to turn a seven-stone weakling into a heavyweight boxer.
  • She manages to turn the most ordinary of ingredients into the most delicious of dishes.
  • The witch put a magic spell on the prince and turned him into a frog.
  • The Incredible Hulk is a character in a comic who turns from a scientist into a two-metre tall monster.
  • The bee turns nectar into honey.

(Definition of “turn (sb/sth) into sb/sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)