switch off

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a. An exchange or a swap, especially one done secretly.
b. A transference or shift, as of opinion or attention.
a. A device used to break or open an electric circuit or to divert current from one conductor to another.
b. A device consisting of two sections of railroad track and accompanying apparatus used to transfer rolling stock from one track to another.
a. A slender flexible rod, stick, or twig, especially one used for whipping.
b. The bushy tip of the tail of certain animals: a cow's switch.
c. A thick strand of real or synthetic hair used as part of a coiffure.
d. A flailing or lashing, as with a slender rod: gave the ox a switch.
v. switched, switch·ing, switch·es
a. To exchange: asked her brother to switch seats with her.
b. To shift, transfer, or divert: switched the conversation to a lighter subject.
a. To connect, disconnect, or divert (an electric current) by operating a switch.
b. To cause (an electric current or appliance) to begin or cease operation: switched the lights on and off.
c. Informal To produce as if by operating a control. Often used with on: switched on the charm.
3. To move (rolling stock) from one track to another; shunt.
a. To whip with a switch, especially in punishing a child.
b. To jerk or swish abruptly or sharply: a cat switching its tail.
1. To make or undergo a shift or an exchange: The office has switched to shorter summer hours.
2. To swish sharply from side to side.
Phrasal Verb:
switch off Informal
To stop paying attention; lose interest.

[Probably of Low German or Flemish origin.]

switch′a·ble adj.
switch′er n.

switch off

vb (adverb)
1. to cause (a device) to stop operating by or as if by moving a switch, knob, or lever; turn off
2. informal to cease to interest or be interested; make or become bored, alienated, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.switch off - cause to stop operating by disengaging a switchswitch off - cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch; "Turn off the stereo, please"; "cut the engine"; "turn out the lights"
kill - cause to cease operating; "kill the engine"
flip, switch, throw - cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
switch on, turn on - cause to operate by flipping a switch; "switch on the light"; "turn on the stereo"
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w>switch off

vt sep
lightausschalten; radio, TVaus- or abschalten; machine, engineabschalten; gas, water supplyabstellen; the oven switches itself offder Backofen schaltet sich selbsttätig ab or aus
(inf) (can’t somebody) switch him off for goodness’ sake! (inf)kann den denn niemand abstellen, um Himmels willen
(light)ausschalten; (radio, TV also, machine, engine)abschalten; (gas, water supply)abstellen
(inf: person) → abschalten; the TV won’t switch offder Fernseher lässt sich nicht aus- or abschalten

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We had all intended to go by diligence to Damascus, and switch off to Baalbec as we went along--because we expected to rejoin the ship, go to Mount Carmel, and take to the woods from there.
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A family event was organised by ESO on March 19 at Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club before everyone went home to switch off their lights.
Will you switch off the lights at 8:30 pm on Saturday to mark Earth Hour, I asked.
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