turn on

verb
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of turn on

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
2 a : 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
: to become turned on

turn-on

play \ˈtərn-ˌȯn, -ˌän\ noun

Examples of turn on in a Sentence

  1. unsurprisingly, the fanboys were turned on by the movie's amazing special effects and slam-bang plot

  2. would you turn on the TV?

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First Known Use of turn on

1833

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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