switch on

switch on
cause to operate by flipping a switch (Freq. 5)

switch on the light


turn on the stereo

Syn: ↑turn on
Ant: ↑switch off
Hypernyms: ↑throw, ↑flip, ↑switch
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

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switch on
1. To turn on (an electrical device)
2. To assume (false emotion, insincere charm, etc) at will
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ˌswitch ˈon [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they switch on he/she/it switches on present participle switching on past tense switched on past participle switched on] phrasal verb
if you switch on something such as a light or a machine, or if it switches on, you make it start working

Don’t switch on the light.

The machine switches on automatically.

Thesaurus: to make a machine or piece of equipment workhyponym to work, or to start working of a piece of machinerysynonym
Main entry: switch

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switch on [phrasal verb]
switch (something) on or switch on (something) : to turn on (something) by turning or pushing a button or moving a switch, lever, etc.

I switched on the TV and watched the news.

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ˌswitch ˈoff/ˈon | ˌswitch sthˈoff/ˈon derived
to turn a light, machine, etc. off/on by pressing a button or switch

Please switch the lights off as you leave.

How do you switch this thing on?

The electricity has been switched off.

We only switched on halfway through the programme.

Main entry:switchderived

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