‘Receive’ is a verb but not ‘receiver’. The past tense of ‘receive’ is ‘received’.

‘Handset’ is never a verb.

‘Plug’ can be a verb. Example: I know why the TV isn’t working! You haven’t plugged it in! Let me plug it in now for you. The opposite of ‘plug in’ is ‘unplug’. You can also use ‘plug’ for a sink or basin. The past tense is ‘plugged (in)’.

‘Socket’ is never a verb.

‘Switch’ is a verb. Example: When you leave the room, don’t forget to switch the lights off. With electrical things, you switch these on or off. You can also use ‘switch’ to mean ‘change places’, for example: A very tall woman sat in front of me just before the movie started, so I switched seats. With this meaning, you don’t need on or off. The past tense is ‘switched’.

‘Cable’ and ‘wire’ can be verbs but they’re not used often in modern English because they’re about older ways of communicating. Sometimes we use ‘wire’ for ‘sending money to another country’. Example: My boss asked me to stay in New York for another month to try and finish the deal. I asked him to wire me some more money for my hotel costs. The past is ‘cabled’ or ‘wired’.

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