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Definitions of on

  1. One; they. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  2. The general signification of on is situation, motion, or condition with respect to contact or support beneath Webster Dictionary DB
  3. At, or in contact with, the surface or upper part of a thing, and supported by it; placed or lying in contact with the surface; as, the book lies on the table, which stands on the floor of a house on an island. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Denoting performance or action by contact with the surface, upper part, or outside of anything; hence, by means of; with; as, to play on a violin or piano. Hence, figuratively, to work on one's feelings; to make an impression on the mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Indicating dependence or reliance; with confidence in; as, to depend on a person for assistance; to rely on; hence, indicating the ground or support of anything; as, he will promise on certain conditions; to bet on a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. At or in the time of; during; as, on Sunday we abstain from labor. See At (synonym). Webster Dictionary DB
  7. At the time of, conveying some notion of cause or motive; as, on public occasions, the officers appear in full dress or uniform. Hence, in consequence of, or following; as, on the ratification of the treaty, the armies were disbanded. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. At the peril of, or for the safety of. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. In reference or relation to; as, on our part expect punctuality; a satire on society. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Occupied with; in the performance of; as, only three officers are on duty; on a journey. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. In the service of; connected with; of the number of; as, he is on a newspaper; on a committee. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Forward, in succession; as, from father to son, from the son to the grandson, and so on. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. In continuance; without interruption or ceasing; as, sleep on, take your ease; say on; sing on. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Attached to the body, as clothing or ornament, or for use. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. In progress; proceeding; as, a game is on. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To or against the surface of; - used to indicate the motion of a thing as coming or falling to the surface of another; as, rain falls on the earth. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. At or near; adjacent to; - indicating situation, place, or position; as, on the one hand, on the other hand; the fleet is on the American coast. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. In addition to; besides; - indicating multiplication or succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Toward; for; - indicating the object of some passion; as, have pity or compassion on him. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. By virtue of; with the pledge of; - denoting a pledge or engagement, and put before the thing pledged; as, he affirmed or promised on his word, or on his honor. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To the account of; - denoting imprecation or invocation, or coming to, falling, or resting upon; as, on us be all the blame; a curse on him. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Forward, in progression; onward; - usually with a verb of motion; as, move on; go on. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Adhering; not off; as in the phrase, He is neither on nor off, that is, he is not steady, he is irresolute. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Upon; as, to sit on a chair; in contact with the upper surface; as, we live on the earth; along or by; as, Paris is on the Seine; in the act or state of; as, on a journey; toward; as, he looked on her as his guide; in connection with; as, to go on business; showing the relation of following after; as, they are on his trail; in the direction of; as, the door opens on a lawn; about; as, an address on war; indicating time; as, on July first; resting against; as, a picture on the wall; supported by; as, on my honor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. In contact with the upper part of: to and towards the surface of: upon or acting by contact with: not off: at or near: at or during: in addition to: toward, for: at the peril of: in consequence: immediately after: (B.) off. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. In of into contact with the top of; by means of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Close behind. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Directed toward. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. In the act of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. Comprised in. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. In reference to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. In a state of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Being in contact with the upper part of a thing; upon; at; or near. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. Of. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Above, and in contact with the upper surface of a thing; not off; upon; at or near; denoting dependence or reliance; denoting nearness or closeness; denoting addition or accumulation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. An incalculable period of time; an age; eternity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. A word of excitement or encouragement to attack or advance; a contraction for go on. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. indicates continuity or persistence or concentration; "his spirit lives on"; "shall I read on?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. in a state required for something to function or be effective; "turn the lights on"; "get a load on" is slang for"drink enough to become intoxicated" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. Forward; onward; along; as, to go on; so as to cover or be supported by; as, put on your coat; jump on before the train starts; in or into action or use; as, to turn on the gas; in progress; as, the fight is on. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  41. Above, or next beyond: forward, in succession: in continuance: not off. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. So as to cover, overspread, of adhere. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. Forward; ahead. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Forward; onward; not off. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  45. Forward in progression; in continuance; without ceasing; opposed to off; on a sudden, suddenly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  46. (of events) planned or scheduled; "the picnic is on, rain or shine"; "we have nothing on for Friday night" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  47. in operation or operational; "left the oven on"; "the switch is in the on position" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  48. Go on! proceed!. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  49. Forward; not off. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  50. In contact with the upper part of; at; during; to; with; for; upon; by; after. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

Usage examples for on

  1. I'm in on that! – Pee-wee Harris on the Trail by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  2. He did go on – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris
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