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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyturn on
he/she/itturns on
present participleturning on
past tenseturned on
past participleturned on
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  1. 2
    turn something on to make a deliberate effort to use a special quality that you have in order to achieve something
    He’ll have to turn on all his charm to persuade her.
  2. 3
    turn something on someone/something to direct something at someone or something
    The hoses were turned on the demonstrators.
  3. 4
    turn on something to be the issue, fact, or point that something depends on most
    The trial turned on the medical evidence presented by the defence.
  4. 6
    turn on someone to suddenly attack someone violently
    Dan suddenly turned on her and yelled at her to be quiet.
  5. 7
    turn someone on to make someone feel sexually attracted or sexually excited
    He’s very nice, but he just doesn’t turn me on.
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