Dictionary

1on

preposition \ˈn, ˈän\

: touching and being supported by the top surface of (something)

: to a position that is supported by (something)

—used to indicate the part or object by which someone or something is supported

Full Definition of ON

1
a —used as a function word to indicate position in contact with and supported by the top surface of <the book is lying on the table>
b —used as a function word to indicate position in or in contact with an outer surface <the fly landed on the ceiling> <I have a cut on my finger> <paint on the wall>
c —used as a function word to indicate position in close proximity with <a village on the sea> <stay on your opponent>
d —used as a function word to indicate the location of something <on the left> <on the south side of the house> <on the farm>
2
a —used as a function word to indicate a source of attachment or support <on a string> <stand on one foot> <hang it on a nail>
b —used as a function word to indicate a source of dependence <you can rely on me> <feeds on insects> <lives on a pension>
c —used as a function word to indicate means of conveyance <on the bus>
d —used as a function word to indicate presence in the possession of <had a knife on him>
3
—used as a function word to indicate a time frame during which something takes place <a parade on Sunday> or an instant, action, or occurrence when something begins or is done <on cue> <on arriving home, I found your letter> <news on the hour> <cash on delivery>
4
archaic :  of
5
a —used as a function word to indicate manner of doing something ; often used with the <on the sly> <keep everything on the up-and-up>
b —used as a function word to indicate means or agency <cut myself on a knife> <talk on the telephone>
c —used as a function word to indicate a medium of expression <on stage> <best show on television>
6
a (1) —used as a function word to indicate active involvement in a condition or status <on the increase> <on the lookout> (2) :  regularly using or showing the effects of using <on drugs>
b —used as a function word to indicate involvement or participation <on tour> <on the team> <on duty>
c —used as a function word to indicate inclusion <put it on the agenda>
d —used as a function word to indicate position or status in proper relationship with a standard or objective <on schedule>
7
a —used as a function word to indicate reason, ground, or basis (as for an action, opinion, or computation) <I have it on good authority> <on one condition> <the interest will be 10 cents on the dollar>
b —used as a function word to indicate the cause or source <profited on the sale of stock>
c —used as a function word to indicate the focus of obligation or responsibility <drinks are on the house> <put the blame on me>
8
a —used as a function word to indicate the object of collision, opposition, or hostile action <bumped my head on a limb> <an attack on religion> <pulled a gun on me>
b —used as a function word to indicate the object with respect to some disadvantage, handicap, or detriment <has three inches in height on me> <a 3-game lead on the second-place team> <the joke's on me>
9
a —used as a function word to indicate destination or the focus of some action, movement, or directed effort <crept up on him> <feast your eyes on this> <working on my skiing> <made a payment on the loan>
b —used as a function word to indicate the focus of feelings, determination, or will <have pity on me> <keen on sports> <a curse on you>
c —used as a function word to indicate the object with respect to some misfortune or disadvantageous event <the crops died on them>
d —used as a function word to indicate the subject of study, discussion, or consideration <a book on insects> <reflect on that a moment> <agree on price>
e :  with respect to <go light on the salt> <short on cash>
10
—used as a function word to indicate reduplication or succession in a series <loss on loss>

Examples of ON

  1. There is a lot of frosting on the cake.
  2. <books on sports heroes are my favorite reading matter>

Origin of ON

Middle English an, on, preposition & adverb, from Old English; akin to Old High German ana on, Greek ana up, on
First Known Use: before 12th century

2on

adverb

—used to indicate that something is attached to, covering, or supported by something else

—used to describe something that is being worn by someone

—used to indicate movement forward

Full Definition of ON

1
a :  in or into a position of contact with an upper surface especially so as to be positioned for use or operation <put the plates on>
b :  in or into a position of being attached to or covering a surface; especially :  in or into the condition of being worn <put his new shoes on>
2
a :  forward or at a more advanced point in space or time <went on home> <later on>
b :  in continuance or succession <rambled on> <and so on>
3
:  into operation or a position permitting operation <switched the light on>

Examples of ON

  1. We're far on with our project.
  2. I'll come by to help you later on.

First Known Use of ON

before 12th century

Related to ON

Synonyms
ahead, forth, forward, onward

3on

adjective

: attached to or covering something

: performing or speaking in public

: working at a job

Full Definition of ON

1
:  engaged in an activity or function (as a dramatic role)
2
a (1) :  being in operation <the radio is on> (2) :  placed so as to permit operation <the switch is on>
b :  taking place or being broadcast <the game is on>
3
:  aware of something —usually used with to <my boss was on to me>
4
:  intended, planned <has nothing on for tonight>
5
British :  talking or harping incessantly —used with about
6
chiefly British :  regarded as possible or feasible —usually used in negative constructions
7
a :  engaged in or as if in a performance <the comedian was always on>
b :  being at a high level of performance

Examples of ON

  1. The lid is on tight.
  2. The band will be on in 10 minutes.
  3. He is on tomorrow from 6 a.m to 6 p.m.

First Known Use of ON

circa 1541

ON

abbreviation

Definition of ON

Ontario

Variants of ON

ON or Ont
ON Defined for Kids

1on

preposition \ˈn, ˈän\

Definition of ON for Kids

1
:  in contact with and supported by <Put the books on the table.>
2
—used to indicate means of being carried <He rode on a tractor.>
3
—used to indicate the location of something <Both bedrooms are on the top floor.>
4
—used to indicate the focus of a certain action <He went down on his stomach.> <She chewed on gum.> <We called the police on him.>
5
:  against 4 <There were shadows on the wall.>
6
:  near or connected with <We stopped in a town on the river.>
7
:  1to 1 <Mine is the first house on the left.>
8
:  sometime during <We can begin work on Monday.>
9
:  in the state or process of <on fire> <on sale>
10
:  2about 1 <I'm looking for a book on minerals.>
11
:  by means of <She likes to talk on the phone.>

2on

adverb

Definition of ON for Kids

1
:  into operation or a position allowing operation <Turn the light on.>
2
:  in or into contact with a surface <Put the kettle on.> <She has new shoes on.>
3
:  forward in time, space, or action <We finally went on home.> <The argument went on for weeks.>
4
:  from one to another <Pass the word on.>

3on

adjective

Definition of ON for Kids

1
:  being in operation <The radio is on.>
2
:  placed so as to allow operation <The switch is on.>
3
:  taking place <The game is on.>
4
:  having been planned <She has nothing on for tonight.>

ON

abbreviation

Definition of ON for Kids

Ontario
Medical Dictionary

on

preposition \ˈn, ˈän\

Medical Definition of ON

:  regularly using or showing the effects of using <is on an ACE inhibitor to control hypertension> <was on drugs for two years before entering rehab>
July 03, 2015
interpellate Hear it
to formally question a public official
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