turn on

verb
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 Businesses across Indianapolis turned on their lights in celebration. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "75 years ago: How Indiana observed V-E Day," 8 May 2020 Charlie company should be ready to turn on a dime, if needed. Paula Schleis, cincinnati.com, "'Be ye prepared’: Warning, flames greeted National Guard ahead of Kent State shootings," 2 May 2020 Device management can require users to turn on security features, such as data encryption, and enforce the use of strong passwords before allowing a personal device to access business-critical apps. Karthik Lakshminarayanan, Quartz at Work, "G Suite’s security lead gives you the tips you need to keep your remote team protected," 2 Apr. 2020 Like much of the world's oil projects, the pace of that development will now be in doubt after Monday's price plunge, which saw Saudi Arabia's vow to turn on the taps compound the affect of flagging demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The oil sector takes its next hit: Coronavirus on offshore rigs," 11 Mar. 2020 The officers turned on their emergency lights, and the vehicle began to slow down. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020 The driver didn’t stop after the officer turned on his lights and sirens, Holt said, and a chase began. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Man killed in crash during north Alabama police chase," 20 Feb. 2020 In this facet of the program, dogs are trained to perform tasks that include nightmare interruption, turning on lights, retrieving items and supporting their handler in crowded public situations that might provoke anxiety. David Buice, Dallas News, "Baylor Scott & White helps unite Texas veterans with service dogs," 6 Feb. 2020 Their data shows television ratings for Broncos games are encouraging — up 3.1% in local ratings (to 30.2% of the televisions turned on during games in Denver). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos and fan interest: Was big no-show count earlier this month one-time blip or cause for concern?," 22 Dec. 2019

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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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26 May 2020

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

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