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phrasal verb
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present tense
I/you/we/theyturn off
he/she/itturns off
present participleturning off
past tenseturned off
past participleturned off

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to stop a piece of equipment working temporarily by pressing a button or by moving a switch

    Will you turn the television off, please?

    It is now safe to turn off your computer.

    1. a.
      to stop using a supply of water, gas, or electricity by turning a tap, pressing a button, or moving a switch

      The emergency crew has turned off local power and gas supplies.

      Go and turn the tap off before the bath overflows.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] turn off something to leave the road that you are travelling along in order to go along another one that leads away from it

    Turn off the road onto a dirt driveway.

    turn off at:

    If you're coming on the M4, turn off at junction 26.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of turn off
  3. 3
    [transitive] to make someone feel bored or no longer interested in something

    This sort of talk could turn a lot of voters off.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] informal to stop paying attention

      When people lose interest they just turn off.

  4. 4
    [transitive] turn someone off to stop someone feeling sexually attracted or sexually excited

    His bad breath really turns me off!

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of turn off
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