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?

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Deer Park answered with another big play, as Marcus Molina found the outside edge open and turned on the jets for a 73-yard touchdown. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Trevor Woods' pick-six sparks Katy Taylor past Deer Park," 14 Sep. 2019 Users who put it in their bedroom enjoyed its quiet operation and turning on the blue glow to use as a nightlight. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Breathe Easier With One of These 8 Best Humidifiers," 13 Sep. 2019 Someone entered a home in the first block of Superior Street and turned on the lights between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 11. chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park police: Man steals cash, batters employees from Austin Boulevard business," 13 Sep. 2019 Spacious and atmospheric, the emotive track is built around its titular vocal sample which twists and turns on a bed of breakbeats, fading in and out like a dream interrupted. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Black Coffee & Usher, Riva Starr & More," 13 Sep. 2019 That special feeling The Raiders 27-14 Week 16 win against Denver last season turned on a special teams play when Dwayne Harris alertly scooped up a punt and raced 99 yards for a touchdown. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Five keys for Raiders in Monday night opener against Broncos," 9 Sep. 2019 The reader-button combo also supports one-touch power and sign-on, so one press of the power button with the correct finger will turn on the device and sign you in within seconds. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Thinkbook 13s review: ThinkPad influences at a great price," 7 Sep. 2019 Place the eggs and pumpkin in a blender and turn on a low speed. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Flan," 4 Sep. 2019 From the moment the Venerable Bede invented BC and AD dates, time itself turned on a Christian axis. The Economist, "Darwin was more Christian than he thought," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of turn on

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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