Meaning of “switch off” in the English Dictionary

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"switch off" in British English

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switch off

informal
phrasal verb with switch uk /swɪtʃ/ us /swɪtʃ/ verb [ T, I usually + adv/prep ]

to stop giving your attention to someone or something:

If he gets bored, he just switches off and looks out the window.

More examples

  • The talk lasted for ages, and eventually I just switched off.
  • Many people in stressful jobs find it difficult to switch off when they come home.

(Definition of “switch off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)