What does 'turn to' mean in the end of sentence?

She had lost the protection of Calvin's hand. Charles was nowhere, either to save or to turn to. She was alone in a fragment of nothingness.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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Turn to:

[T] [turn to someone] to go to someone for help when you are having difficulty dealing with a situation.

(MacMillan Dictionary))


'Turn to' can have several different meanings.

  • To turn to (drugs/alcoholism): You start taking drugs or become an alcoholic. "He has turned to drugs to cope with his depression"
  • Turn to (+ verb): Physically turning your body. "I turned to see my sister standing there"
  • Turn to: Changing an idea or moral. "He has turned to see religion in a different way".

But the meaning the applies to your sentence is:

  • Turn to (at the end of a sentence): something that you end up doing to get help. "I think you should speak to your mother. She is a good person to turn to".

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