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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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