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 Kohler and Toto are showcasing touchless sinks and toilets that automatically turn on and off or open and flush by waving your hand in front of a sensor or using a voice assistant. Mae Anderson, ajc, "5 CES Trends to Watch," 12 Jan. 2021 The contract price is based on the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index, which is based in turn on sale and lease contracts in the state’s water markets. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Wall Street can now bet on the price of California water. Watch out," 3 Jan. 2021 Once the audio does turn on, Hill is on the ground, lying near the back of a car parked in the garage. NBC News, "Ohio police gave Andre Hill no aid for several minutes, bodycam footage shows," 1 Jan. 2021 While some people turn on computerized backgrounds to avoid revealing their bedroom workstations on video calls, others have embraced their cozy surroundings. New York Times, "Working From Bed Is Actually Great," 31 Dec. 2020 And trolley cars that turn on Public Square, showering the safety zones with sparks. Dick Feagler, cleveland, "With so many traditions on hold today because of the coronavirus, we return once more to Dick Feagler’s Christmas at Aunt Ida’s," 25 Dec. 2020 In 2007, geneticist Adrian Bird of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland created mice with a genetic switch to turn on or off the expression of MECP2. Lydia Denworth, Science | AAAS, "Is gene therapy ready to treat some forms of autism?," 14 Oct. 2020 The Kasa app also includes the option to set a schedule for when the fan should turn on and off. Brian X. Chen New York Times, Star Tribune, "How to turn on your fan with the internet," 21 Aug. 2020 Think about investing in programmable lighting, which can be scheduled to turn on and off periodically. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi Were the Victims of a Burglary Earlier This Month," 24 July 2020

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First Known Use of turn on

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of turn on was in 1833

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19 Jan 2021

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“Turn on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20on. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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