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

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 The actress recently reprised her turn on Russian Doll (with an interesting twist) during its second season, to largely comedic results. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 The few remaining Davids in the field will get their turn on Friday. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Defensive linemen and linebackers took their turn on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for workouts at the 2022 NFL combine on Saturday night. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 6 Mar. 2022 The offensive linemen, running backs and specialists take their turn on the field on Friday, the defensive linemen and linebackers hit the turf on Saturday and the defensive backs get their chance on Sunday. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 3 Mar. 2022 Foreign students fleeing Ukraine waited their turn on Monday to board a bus in Medyka, Poland, to Przemysl, a nearby town and transit point. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 The issues in Tampa Bay, especially, was his instinct to turn on a ball early. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 MPs who were ready to turn on Johnson have rethought their position. Joel Mathis, The Week, 13 Apr. 2022 Siergiej Greczuszkin contributed reporting from Warsaw, and Daria Mychkovska from Przemysl, Poland. With President Vladimir V. Putin’s direct encouragement, Russians who support the war against Ukraine are starting to turn on the enemy within. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turn on

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Turn on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20on. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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