Translation of turn on in Spanish:

turn on

encender, v.

phrasal verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (light/television/oven) encender
      (light/television/oven) prender Latin America
      (faucet/tap) abrir
      (water) dejar correr
      (electricity) conectar

    • 1.2informal (stimulate, excite)

      (sexually) excitar
      to turn sb on to sth
      • I managed to turn him on to classical music
      oh well, whatever turns you on! bueno, sobre gustos …

  • 2

    • 2.1(switch on)

      prenderse Latin America
      it turns on automatically se enciende automáticamente

    • 2.2

      to turn on to sth
      • a whole generation turned on to the sound of rock

  • 3

    • 3.1(attack)

      the dog turned on him and bit him el perro se le echó encima y lo mordió
      • they all turned on her and accused her of being selfish todos la atacaron acusándola de egoísta
      • he then turned on the women entonces la emprendió contra las mujeres

    • 3.2(be determined by)

      the outcome of the election turns on one crucial factor el resultado de las elecciones depende de un factor decisivo
      • her theory turns on the assumption that … su teoría gira en torno a / alrededor de la hipótesis de que …

  • 4

    (aim at)
    she turned the spotlight on them los enfocó con el reflector
    • I'll turn the hose on you! ¡mira que te mojo con la manguera!
    • she has now turned her acid wit on the world of fashion ahora ha elegido el mundo de la moda como blanco de su mordacidad
    • he turned the gun on him le apuntó con el revólver