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?

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Suheib is the second son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef to turn on the movement. Washington Post, "Son of Hamas leader calls the militant movement a ‘racist terror organization’," 5 July 2019 Kroger is attempting to transform itself to compete in a cutthroat grocery industry that’s being turned on its head by Amazon. Fortune, "Kroger," 1 July 2019 The Google spokeswoman said the company generates the estimates by combining route information, such as the number of bus stops and bus lanes, with live traffic conditions and anonymized data from users with location services turned on. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Jam-Packed Will My Train Be? Google Says It Has the Answer," 27 June 2019 Bryant jetted from first to third on a double by first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who turned on a 91-mph fastball. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw wins on grit, not power," 13 June 2019 Audi said there have been five instances globally where a battery fault light turned on because of the moisture issue. Gabrielle Coppola, Fortune, "Audi Recalls Its First Electric Car for Battery Fire Risk," 10 June 2019 Democrats have struggled to create blockbuster moments like the one where Dean turned on his former boss and helped bring down a president. John Wagner, BostonGlobe.com, "Former White House counsel Dean describes parallels between Trump, Nixon," 10 June 2019 Democrats have struggled to create blockbuster moments like the one where Dean turned on his former boss and helped bring down a president. John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Former White House counsel Dean describes parallels between Trump and Nixon," 10 June 2019 Someone on the East Coast of the United States who turned on the television on Saturday morning to watch the women’s final would have seen, instead, the semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "More People Should Know the Name of Ashleigh Barty, the New French Open Champion," 8 June 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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