[ turn-on, -awn ]
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  1. something that arouses one's interest or excitement.

Origin of turnon

1960–65, in sense “activation”; 1965–70, Americanism for current sense; noun use of verb phrase turn on

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British Dictionary definitions for turn on

turn on

  1. (tr, adverb) to cause (something) to operate by turning a knob, etc: to turn on the light

  2. (intr, preposition) to depend or hinge on: the success of the party turns on you

  1. (preposition) to change or cause to change one's attitude so as to become hostile or to retaliate: the dog turned on the children

  2. (tr, adverb) informal to produce (charm, tears, etc) suddenly or automatically

  3. (tr, preposition, foll by to) informal to interest (someone) in something: how to turn kids on to drama

  4. (tr, adverb) slang to arouse emotionally or sexually

  5. (intr, adverb) slang to take or become intoxicated by drugs

  6. (tr, adverb) slang to introduce (someone) to drugs

  1. slang a person or thing that causes emotional or sexual arousal

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Other Idioms and Phrases with turnon


Cause to begin the operation, flow, or activity of, as in Turn on the lights, please, or Don't turn on the sprinkler yet. [First half of 1800s]

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