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phrasal verb
Word Forms
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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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