1 small button/lever
master, power

The master switch is under the stairs.

electric, electrical
off, on, on-off

I couldn't find the off switch on the remote control.

dimmer, timer (esp. BrE), toggle (esp. AmE)

We fitted dimmer switches in all the bedrooms.

ignition, light, wall (AmE)
flick, flip, hit, press, pull, throw, turn off, turn on

Someone threw a switch and the electricity went off.

activate sth, control sth, operate sth

This switch controls the heating system.

by a switch

The light operates by a timer switch.

on a switch

The heater is on a timer switch.

switch for

the switch for the air conditioning

at the flick of a switch

in the days before electricity was available at the flick of a switch

2 change that sb makes
abrupt, sudden
tactical (esp. BrE)

The team's manager made a shrewd tactical switch.

switch away from, switch from

There will be no overnight switch away from old voting habits.

her switch from full-time to part-time work

switch back to, switch over to, switch to

He's a classical singer who has made the switch over to pop.

switch between

the recent switches between direct and indirect taxation

switch in

their abrupt switch in allegiance

easily, readily, simply

My mind suddenly switched back to my conversation with Jeremy.

around, back, back and forth (esp. AmE), over, round (esp. BrE)
decide to

He decided to switch tactics.


The remote control allows you to switch easily between TV channels.

away from, from

He switched his allegiance from the British to the French.


We asked them if they would switch places with us.

Switch is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑conversation
Switch is used with these nouns as the object: ↑allegiance, ↑channel, ↑direction, ↑focus, ↑gear, ↑lane, ↑loyalty, ↑medication, ↑partner, ↑place, ↑role, ↑side, ↑subject, ↑tack, ↑tactic, ↑track

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