turn off - definition and synonyms

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

  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!

See also main entry: turn