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English verb: turn on

1. turn on (contact) cause to operate by flipping a switch

SamplesSwitch on the light.
Turn on the stereo.

Synonymsswitch on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)flip, switch, throw

Antonymsswitch off, turn off, turn out, cut

2. turn on (stative) be contingent on

SamplesThe outcomes rides on the results of the election.
Your grade will depends on your homework.

Synonymsdepend on, depend upon, devolve on, hinge on, hinge upon, ride

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)build on, build upon, repose on, rest on

3. turn on (perception) produce suddenly or automatically

SamplesTurn on the charm.
Turn on the waterworks.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring forth, produce

4. turn on (change) become hostile towards

SamplesThe dog suddenly turned on the mailman.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)change

5. turn on (emotion) cause to be agitated, excited, or roused

SamplesThe speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks.

Synonymsagitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, rouse

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)disturb, trouble, upset

Narrower (hyponym)bother, electrify, hype up, pother, psych up

Antonymscalm, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, calm down, quiet, quieten, lull

6. turn on (emotion) stimulate sexually

SamplesThis movie usually arouses the male audience.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to turn on Sue

Synonymsarouse, excite, sex, wind up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir

Narrower (hyponym)tempt

7. turn on (consumption) get high, stoned, or drugged

SamplesHe trips every weekend.

Synonymsget off, trip, trip out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s on something

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