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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The lights had been turned on at Friedman Field shortly before the sun set. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Football Preview: Experienced St. Francis looking at big picture," 26 Aug. 2019 The dryer was running and all of the burners on the stove — and the oven — had been turned on. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "A deadly delivery: 75-year-old woman bashed with mallet and set on fire," 21 Aug. 2019 That was the identification of proteins that turn on genes that allowed researchers to reprogram adult cells. Tobias Deuse, The Conversation, "Stem cells could regenerate organs – but only if the body won’t reject them," 19 Aug. 2019 The election was always going to turn on how well Ms Torres’s get-out-the-vote operation in the countryside would work. The Economist, "Guatemalans elect Alejandro Giammattei in a lacklustre presidential vote," 12 Aug. 2019 Normally fetal hemoglobin, which provides the developing fetus with oxygen via the blood while in utero, is shut off about six months after birth, and genes for adult hemoglobin are turned on. Time, "CRISPR Gene Editing Is Being Tested in Human Patients, and the Results Could Revolutionize Health Care," 6 Aug. 2019 Although my partner was caught off-guard, he was completely turned on. Sharon Boone, Essence, "Do Tell! Five Sexy Confessions From Women In Their 20s, 30s and 40s," 30 July 2019 Two generators that had run out of gasoline were turned on when deputies got to the scene and investigators have not ruled out a possible carbon monoxide issue. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Two bodies, meth lab found in DeLand home, Volusia deputies say," 28 July 2019 When turned on, a voice will walk through the simple steps to use it. oregonlive.com, "Two Larrys, two cardiac arrests, two survivors thanks to AEDs," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of turn on

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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