turn on
verb Date: 1833 transitive verb 1. to activate or cause to flow, operate, or function by or as if by turning a control <
turn the water on full
>
<
turn on the power
>
2. a. to cause to undergo an intense often visionary experience by taking a drug; broadly to cause to get high b. to move pleasurably <
rock music turns her on
>
; also to excite sexually c. to cause to gain knowledge or appreciation of something specified <
turned her on to ballet
>
intransitive verb to become turned on • turn-on noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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