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 The president faces an election whose outcome may turn on public perception of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "Advice on Airborne Virus Transmission Vanishes From C.D.C. Website," 21 Sep. 2020 The judge's turn on the witness stand, over about two hours on Friday, followed emotional testimony in support by his ex-wife, Alicia, and their two daughters, as Perilloux's defense team tried to undermine the state's case against Perilloux. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "St. John Parish Judge Jeff Perilloux testifies sex charges lodged by daughters' friends are bunk," 11 Sep. 2020 Amazon Prime Video and the default TV video app are two that will turn on captions in line with the general iOS settings. David Nield, Popular Science, "Learn how to add closed captions to video calls, Netflix, and more," 28 Aug. 2020 Smart home gadgets like the Nest Thermostat are useful for creating a schedule for an air conditioner to turn on and off at certain times of the day to save energy and money. Brian X. Chen New York Times, Star Tribune, "How to turn on your fan with the internet," 21 Aug. 2020 Peak demand on the grid now comes when all that solar generation dissipates in the late afternoon and at night and electricity customers turn on their air conditioners and use their energy-consuming devices and appliances. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rotating power outages prompt questions about California’s energy strategy," 19 Aug. 2020 These fat wedges offer a generous curve of florets and some meaty stalk and are easy to turn on a grill for even charring. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Throw cauliflower on the grill for a meaty meatless dish," 9 Sep. 2020 In order to aid with targeting, Spitfires were also equipped with an electric sight that pilots could turn on and off. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Supermarine Spitfire Is Such a Badass Plane," 6 Sep. 2020 So, no, Smith is not concerning himself with looking beyond where his two feet are planted, not when a season can turn on the turn of one ankle. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Is Saints' WR Tre'Quan Smith 'ready to blossom?' Maybe, but he's not thinking of the future," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of turn on

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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27 Sep 2020

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“Turn on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20on. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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