turn on

turned on; turning on; turns on

Definition of turn on

transitive verb

1 : to activate or cause to flow, operate, or function by or as if by turning a control turn the water on full turn on the power
2a : to move pleasurably rock music turns her on also : to excite sexually
b : to cause to gain knowledge or appreciation of something specified turned her on to ballet
c : to cause to undergo an intense often visionary experience by taking a drug broadly : to cause to get high

intransitive verb

: to become turned on

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Other Words from turn on

turn-on \ ˈtərn-​ˌȯn How to pronounce turn-on (audio) , -​ˌän \ noun

Examples of turn on in a Sentence

unsurprisingly, the fanboys were turned on by the movie's amazing special effects and slam-bang plot would you turn on the TV?
Recent Examples on the Web Others will automatically turn on when an officer activates the car siren, exits the car or pulls their firearm, Lawrence says. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "There's a renewed call for police body cameras. Here's why that may not be the right solution," 30 June 2020 Existing accounts, though, will still need to proactively turn on the feature, as Google doesn't want to force a change on users who for whatever reason want the company to maintain a forever-record of their activity. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months," 24 June 2020 The camera will also turn on automatically when weapons are unholstered as well as activation of other officers' cameras within a certain range. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Jeffersonville police are a step closer to wearing body cameras," 24 June 2020 The independence of the Justice Department and its U.S. Attorneys may well turn on it. Joyce White Vance, Time, "Americans Need to Know the Truth About William Barr's Friday Night Massacre. We Can't Afford to Wait," 22 June 2020 President Franklin Roosevelt sent the signal to turn on the lights for the first Major League night game in 1935. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, "Last game at Crosley Field 50 years ago added to the memories," 22 June 2020 Simply turn on the device, place it the water, and stir until the light indicates that UV radiation has done its job. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Survival Guide to Finding and Purifying Water," 19 June 2020 Looking to turn on the lights in your yard at night? Popular Science, "The best smart plugs, outlets, and power strips for automating your home," 18 June 2020 These lights automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Paint a room, build a fire pit, string solar lights: More stay-at-home projects for summer," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of turn on

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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5 Jul 2020

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“Turn on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20on. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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