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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.
  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!
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