turn off

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turn off (third-person singular simple present turns off, present participle turning off, simple past and past participle turned off)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To dismiss; to fire.
    • 1789, John Moore, Zeluco, Valancourt 2008, p. 273:
      [H]e came to this country in the service of an English gentleman, whom he was obliged to quit through the malice of the valet de chambre, who taking advantage of the young man's being overtaken with liquor on the last St.Andrew's day, turned him off, on the pretext of his being an habitual drunkard.
  2. (transitive) To power down, to switch off, to put out of operation, to deactivate (an appliance, light, mechanism, functionality etc.).
    Turn off the machine and unplug it when you leave.
  3. (transitive) To rotate a tap or valve so as to interrupt the outflow of liquid or gas.
    Remember to turn the tap off once you've finished so you don't waste water.
  4. (transitive) To repulse, disgust, or discourage (someone).
    Cigarette smoking really turns me off.
  5. (intransitive) To leave a road; to exit.
    Turn off at the next exit so we can have lunch.



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