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 for To turn to account
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Turn \Turn\ (t[^u]rn), v. i.
     1. To move round; to have a circular motion; to revolve
        entirely, repeatedly, or partially; to change position, so
        as to face differently; to whirl or wheel round; as, a
        wheel turns on its axis; a spindle turns on a pivot; a man
        turns on his heel.
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              The gate . . . on golden hinges turning. --Milton.
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     2. Hence, to revolve as if upon a point of support; to hinge;
        to depend; as, the decision turns on a single fact.
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              Conditions of peace certainly turn upon events of
              war.                                  --Swift.
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     3. To result or terminate; to come about; to eventuate; to
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              If we repent seriously, submit contentedly, and
              serve him faithfully, afflictions shall turn to our
              advantage.                            --Wake.
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     4. To be deflected; to take a different direction or
        tendency; to be directed otherwise; to be differently
        applied; to be transferred; as, to turn from the road.
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              Turn from thy fierce wrath.           --Ex. xxxii.
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              Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways. --Ezek.
                                                    xxxiii. 11.
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              The understanding turns inward on itself, and
              reflects on its own operations.       --Locke.
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     5. To be changed, altered, or transformed; to become
        transmuted; also, to become by a change or changes; to
        grow; as, wood turns to stone; water turns to ice; one
        color turns to another; to turn Muslim.
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              I hope you have no intent to turn husband. --Shak.
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              Cygnets from gray turn white.         --Bacon.
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     6. To undergo the process of turning on a lathe; as, ivory
        turns well.
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     7. Specifically: 
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        (a) To become acid; to sour; -- said of milk, ale, etc.
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        (b) To become giddy; -- said of the head or brain.
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                  I'll look no more;
                  Lest my brain turn.               --Shak.
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        (c) To be nauseated; -- said of the stomach.
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        (d) To become inclined in the other direction; -- said of
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        (e) To change from ebb to flow, or from flow to ebb; --
            said of the tide.
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        (f) (Obstetrics) To bring down the feet of a child in the
            womb, in order to facilitate delivery.
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     8. (Print.) To invert a type of the same thickness, as
        temporary substitute for any sort which is exhausted.
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     To turn about, to face to another quarter; to turn around.
     To turn again, to come back after going; to return. --Shak.
     To turn against, to become unfriendly or hostile to.
     To turn aside or To turn away.
        (a) To turn from the direct course; to withdraw from a
            company; to deviate.
        (b) To depart; to remove.
        (c) To avert one's face.
     To turn back, to turn so as to go in an opposite direction;
        to retrace one's steps.
     To turn in.
        (a) To bend inward.
        (b) To enter for lodgings or entertainment.
        (c) To go to bed. [Colloq.]
     To turn into, to enter by making a turn; as, to turn into a
        side street.
     To turn off, to be diverted; to deviate from a course; as,
        the road turns off to the left.
     To turn on or To turn upon.
        (a) To turn against; to confront in hostility or anger.
        (b) To reply to or retort.
        (c) To depend on; as, the result turns on one condition.
     To turn out.
        (a) To move from its place, as a bone.
        (b) To bend or point outward; as, his toes turn out.
        (c) To rise from bed. [Colloq.]
        (d) To come abroad; to appear; as, not many turned out to
            the fire.
        (e) To prove in the result; to issue; to result; as, the
            crops turned out poorly.
     To turn over, to turn from side to side; to roll; to
     To turn round.
        (a) To change position so as to face in another direction.
        (b) To change one's opinion; to change from one view or
            party to another.
     To turn to, to apply one's self to; to have recourse to; to
        refer to. "Helvicus's tables may be turned to on all
        occasions." --Locke.
     To turn to account, profit, advantage, or the like, to
        be made profitable or advantageous; to become worth the
     To turn under, to bend, or be folded, downward or under.
     To turn up.
        (a) To bend, or be doubled, upward.
        (b) To appear; to come to light; to transpire; to occur;
            to happen.
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