Definition of turn something off in English:

turn something off

phrasal verb

  • 1Stop the operation or flow of something by means of a tap, switch, or button.

    ‘remember to turn off the gas’
    • ‘Its neatest feature is a little button that turns the wireless card off and on, so that it doesn't suck power when you're not using it.’
    • ‘He pressed the stop button and turned the music off, apologizing.’
    • ‘The second button turns it off.’
    • ‘The radio alarm clock goes off at five sharp, and of course I can't find the button to turn it off.’
    • ‘She jabbed at the button to turn the alarm off, and it stopped its absurd shrieking.’
    • ‘Hastily, he hit a button to turn the pager off.’
    • ‘He found the remote with one hand and pressed a button, turning it off.’
    • ‘I just stopped long enough to turn the gas off at the mains and then got out.’
    • ‘She hit the send button, then turned her computer off and went for a walk.’
    • ‘You'd need to press the ‘start’ button to turn the engine off.’
    turn off, shut off, flick off, stop working, cut, power down, stop, halt, deactivate
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    1. 1.1 Adjust a tap or switch in order to stop the operation or flow of something.
      • ‘Visualize a stop sign - imagine closing a spigot - or imagine turning a light switch off.’
      • ‘Timers, professors at the university have found, waste money since they condition students to never turn a light switch off.’
      • ‘I looked at the switch and saw that it was turned off.’
      • ‘He turned the switch off not even waiting for an answer.’
      • ‘How long can you stand to hold your child while he turns the light switch off and on?’
      • ‘You turn the switch off chemically and it stops the production.’
      • ‘But as soon as Chelsea threw open the great double doors of the stadium, it was like turning the volume switch off completely.’
      • ‘Princess Gwen growled in her throat, and turned the switch off.’
      • ‘Sure enough, someone - probably me - had turned the wireless switch off and I failed to notice it.’
      • ‘The purple haze shut off at once, as if a light switch had been turned off.’
      switch off, turn out, put off, shut off, power down, flick off, extinguish, deactivate, trip
      switch off, turn off, put off, shut off, flick off
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