Definition of switch off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

switch off

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb How machines work
 
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(informal) to stop thinking about something or paying attention to something When I hear the word ‘football’ I switch off (= because I am not interested in it). The only time he really switches off (= stops thinking about work, etc.) is when we're on vacation.

switch off

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switch on

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switch off something

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switch on something

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switch something off

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switch something on

 
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 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. See related entries: How machines work
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: switch off

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