turn (something) to (good) account

idiom

Definition of turn (something) to (good) account

formal
: to gain or profit from (something) : to take advantage of (something)
  • Is there a way to turn this situation to good account?

Word by Word Definitions

turn play
  1. : to cause to move around an axis or a center : make rotate or revolve

  2. : to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

  3. : to affect or alter the functioning of (something, such as a mechanical device) or the level of (something, such as sound) by such movement

  1. : the action or an act of turning about a center or axis : revolution, rotation

  2. : any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

  3. : the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction : change of course or posture : such as

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

good play
  1. : of a favorable character or tendency

  2. : bountiful, fertile

  3. : handsome, attractive

  1. : something that is good

  2. : something conforming to the moral order of the universe

  3. : praiseworthy character : goodness

  1. : well

  2. used as an intensive

account play
  1. : a record of debit (see 2debit 1a) and credit (see 1credit 2d) entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern

  2. : a statement of transactions during a fiscal period and the resulting balance

  3. : reckoning, computation

  1. : to furnish a justifying analysis or explanation

  2. : to be the sole or primary factor

  3. : to bring about the capture, death, or destruction of something


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