turn·​off | \ ˈtərn-ˌȯf How to pronounce turnoff (audio) \

Definition of turnoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place where one turns off especially : exit sense 4
2 : one that causes loss of interest or enthusiasm the music was a turnoff
3 : a turning off

turn off

turned off; turning off; turns off

Definition of turn off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to stop the flow of or shut off by or as if by turning a control turn the water off
2 : to cause to lose interest : bore economics turns me off also : to evoke a negative feeling in
b : to dispose of : sell
7a : to remove (material) by the process of turning
b : to shape or produce by turning

intransitive verb

1 : to deviate from a straight course or from a main road turn off into a side road
2a British : to turn bad : spoil
b : to change to a specified state : become
3 : to lose interest : withdraw

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Examples of turnoff in a Sentence

Noun His strong cologne was a real turnoff. Verb that memorably bad meal turned me off about restaurant food for a while turn off at the third exit and follow the ramp to your left
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are few passing lanes along the 15-mile stretch of highway from the Girdwood turnoff to the north end of Turnagain Pass, and the roadway can become heavily congested, especially during peak summer tourism. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward Highway crash fatalities were father and young daughter, says Chugiak fire organization," 24 June 2020 Investigators believe a northbound Subaru crossed into a lane of oncoming traffic near the Portage turnoff and struck a black 2016 Jeep Patriot head-on, police said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward Highway crash fatalities were father and young daughter, says Chugiak fire organization," 24 June 2020 Whaler’s Cove, Pigeon Point: For access, drive just past the two roads for Pigeon Point Lighthouse and look for a turnoff on a dirt road on the right, adjacent to fields of Brussels sprouts. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Top 10 Bay Area beaches to visit during shelter-in-place," 19 June 2020 Popovich is aware his forays into activism and non-basketball discussions can be a turnoff for some segments of Spurs fans. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Issues of race hang heavy on Spurs’ Gregg Popovich," 6 June 2020 This exact turnoff had been the scene of multiple crashes in the years before Huang's death—including a fatal crash in 2015. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Data shows Tesla owner experienced repeated glitch days before deadly 2018 crash," 17 Feb. 2020 The sheer excessiveness of Bertolucci’s undertaking was a turnoff for some critics in the ’70s, who were quick to point out the ways the movie fell short of its Tolstoyan ambitions. New York Times, "A Five-Hour Crash Course in Italian History That’s Also Great Filmmaking," 6 May 2020 Louisville Water suspended turnoff for nonpayment until further notice, according to spokesman Vince Guenthner. Courier Journal Staff, The Courier-Journal, "Live coronavirus updates: state now up to 2,429 total cases, 129 deaths," 16 Apr. 2020 SoR4's soundtrack doesn't try to recreate the series' classic soundscape by any stretch, which, on first listen, is a turnoff. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Streets of Rage 4 review: This beat-’em-up revival beats them all," 29 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Federal officials alleged the vehicles, made between 2014 and 2016, were equipped with diesel engines programmed to run pollution controls during lab tests that would turn off under certain conditions on the road. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "Fiat Chrysler to recall vehicles that may pollute too much," 5 Aug. 2020 Both OSes require users to manually turn off ad personalization and reset advertising IDs. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Beware of find-my-phone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, NSA tells mobile users," 4 Aug. 2020 The lead child star had to tell his grandfather to turn off the television and his mother to go offline in order to conserve home internet bandwidth for a remote recording session, Smith said. Washington Post, "London animation studio adapts to finish Disney film," 10 July 2020 In Spain, for example, authorities in Pamplona and A Coruña decided to turn off lighting in certain public spaces for the duration of the nationwide lockdown this spring, in part to save energy. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Moving Lights of a World in Quarantine," 8 July 2020 The post then goes on to urge Android users to turn off COVID-19 exposure notifications under Usage & Diagnostics in their Google Services located in the device's settings. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Google did not automatically sign up Android users for COVID-19 tracing app," 15 June 2020 One thing to note: Prevent fumes from wafting through the rest of your home by making sure to turn off the air-conditioning or heat and closing air vents in the room. Brie Dyas, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Paint Smell," 12 June 2020 Still, the new review found that the glitch is rare, that the goggles are an improvement over past models, and that aviators should turn off the possibly confusing feature of the goggles when doing refueling missions. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "U.S. Marine Corps Concludes Its Investigation Into a Fatal 2018 Midair Crash Was Inaccurate," 2 July 2020 Baseball was facing serious challenges before the pandemic: a dearth of stars with high Q-ratings, fallout from the Houston Astros cheating scandal, long games that turn off younger fans. Sean Gregory, Time, "How Baseball Misread the Pandemic Moment," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of turnoff


circa 1852, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1564, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3a

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13 Jul 2020

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“Turnoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnoff. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of turnoff

: a road that allows vehicles to leave a highway
informal : something that you dislike or that causes you to stop being interested in or attracted to someone or something

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