turn to


turned to; turning to; turns to

intransitive verb

: to apply oneself to work : act vigorously
all hands turn to and build a church and a jailMark Twain

Examples of turn to in a Sentence

no need to turn to violence when we can talk things out peacefully
Recent Examples on the Web The company’s priorities have turned to delivering business and consumer broadband services and serving as a gateway to a menu of streaming apps rather than paying increasingly higher fees to Hollywood’s programming giants to maintain channel access. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 6 Apr. 2024 For Muslims, for instance, the sighting of the moon has long signaled the start of the month of Ramadan, a period of fasting and religious reflection that traces its roots to the seventh century C.E. Since then, Muslims have turned to the skies to guide their Ramadan observances. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 Fuzzy, green summer foliage turns to wine/red/orange in fall. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 5 Apr. 2024 For gaseous macrocosmic poli-sci, people can turn to Aaron Sorkin. Wesley Morris Ron Butler Emma Kehlbeck Ted Blaisdell, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Soon, the banter turned to a particular burning issue: Should the A‘s have their own beam? Joe Rubin, Sacramento Bee, 5 Apr. 2024 While earlier others depicted Magneto as purely villainous, Claremont’s run explored Magneto’s emotional motivations as a Holocaust survivor and put Magneto on trial for his crimes against the world, leading to a turn to heroism. Herb Scribner, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 Everyone rejoices, and Bailey exhales a sigh of relief, turning to her wall of interns to mentally capture the look of awe on their sweet little faces. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 4 Apr. 2024 To tackle all those potentials, the team turned to AZDecrypt, a program dedicated to homophonic decryption built by Van Eycke. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turn to was in 1799

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“Turn to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20to. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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