English version

turn on

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishturn on phrasal verb1 turn something ↔ onSWITCH ON OR OFF to make a machine or piece of electrical equipment such as a television, engine, light etc start operating by pushing a button, turning a key etc syn switch on opp turn off πŸ”Š Jake turned on his computer and checked his mail.2 turn something ↔ onSWITCH ON OR OFF to make the supply of water, gas etc start flowing from something by turning a handle opp turn off πŸ”Š He turned on the gas and lit the stove. πŸ”Š β€˜I’m thirsty, ’ she said, turning on the tap.3 turn on somebody also turn upon somebodyATTACK to suddenly attack someone, using physical violence or unpleasant words πŸ”Š Peter turned on Rae and screamed, β€˜Get out of my sight!’4 turn on something also turn upon somethingDEPEND/IT DEPENDS if a situation, event, argument etc turns on a particular thing or idea, it depends on that thing πŸ”Š As usual, everything turned on how much money was available.5 turn somebody onATTRACT to make someone feel sexually excited πŸ”Š The way he looked at her really turned her on. β†’ turn-on6 turn somebody onINTERESTED to interest someone, or to make someone become interested in something πŸ”Š Science fiction just doesn’t turn me on.turn somebody on to πŸ”Š It was Walter who turned me on to vegetarian food.7 turn on the charm also turn it on to suddenly start to be very nice, amusing, and interesting, especially in a way that is not sincere πŸ”Š Simon was good at turning on the charm at parties. β†’ turnβ†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
turn onβ€’ Do you want me to turn the lights on?β€’ Then the warriors turned upon each other, for a fight to the death.β€’ Red with rage, Frank turned on Anna, grasping her arm in a vice-like grip.β€’ Use timers to turn on indoor lights while you are away.β€’ He went into the bathroom and turned on the shower.turn somebody onβ€’ It's difficult telling your partner what actually turns you on.β€’ Men with long hair really turn me on.β€’ My last boyfriend always found nurses' uniforms a real turn-on.turn toβ€’ Tom turned the radio on to a station that played dance music.β€’ I turned him on to it.β€’ The other thing that turned me on to television was immediacy.β€’ As Amin turned out on to the main road, there were two explosions, in quick succession.β€’ The squeeze is, in turn, passed on to the next person.β€’ Half closing my eyes, I turned and backed on to the porch.β€’ And maybe for the first time in our lives, we turned that fury on to the world, away from ourselves.β€’ Mr Cargill, he really turned me on to this stuff.turn on the charmβ€’ Wayne certainly knows how to turn on the charm when he wants something out of you.
turn-onˈturn-on noun [singular] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š informalSEXY something that makes you feel excited, especially sexually πŸ”Š It was a turn-on to be the centre of attention. β†’ turn on
Examples from the Corpus
turn-onβ€’ I found this such a turn-on that I nearly came then and there.β€’ Who knows, it may even work as a kind of sick turn-on.β€’ Her voice is a total turn-on.
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Verb table
turn
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyturn
he, she, itturns
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyturned
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave turned
he, she, ithas turned
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad turned
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill turn
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have turned
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam turning
he, she, itis turning
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you, we, theyare turning
Past
I, he, she, itwas turning
you, we, theywere turning
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been turning
he, she, ithas been turning
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been turning
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be turning
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been turning
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