turn 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 , -​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?

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When detectives turned on their sirens and returned to the woods near the area where Shriver went missing, Shriver came out from a wooded area about a mile south of the location where her vehicle was stuck, deputies said. Kevin Williams, ajc, "Missing Florida woman found alive in woods 4 days after her car stalled," 26 June 2018 Make sure water flows from the exhaust outlet when turning on the engine and generator. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Carbon monoxide can be silent killer of boaters. Here's how to stay safe," 21 June 2018 After Foxx turns on the light, he is then attacked by the film's villainous creatures. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "MTV Movie & TV Awards: Host Tiffany Haddish's Most Memorable Moments," 18 June 2018 Hader got ahead of Heyward, 0-1, before the rightfielder turned on a 95-mph fastball and sent it to right field to plate Zobrist with the tying run. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cubs make the most of Brewers' mistakes as they move into first in NL Central," 12 June 2018 Metabolic function was better when their brain stimulators were turned on than when the devices were silenced. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Deep brain stimulation may offer treatment for type 2 diabetes, study suggests," 26 May 2018 Annoyingly, OnePlus still isn’t giving users options to automatically turn on DND mode at night or in meetings. The OnePlus 6 has two ways to unlock it: your finger or your face. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "OnePlus 6 review: new phone, same compromises," 21 May 2018 Big batch toppings make the difference Especially in high summer, when turning on your oven is a chore, a heavy dusting of dukkah can turn simple raw vegetables like tomato and corn into a nuanced, flavorful salad. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "How Jodi Moreno Makes Simple Summer Cooking Taste Amazing," 16 May 2018 Many injuries have occurred when people have accidentally turned on the blender while reaching to pull something out of the blade. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Why buying an immersion blender is a smooth move | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of turn on

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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