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on|to [ `antə ] preposition ***
1. ) into a position on an object or surface:
A tree fell onto a car, trapping the people inside.
Marilyn emptied her shopping bag onto the carpet.
He climbed onto the roof to get a better view.
a ) to an area that you think of as a surface:
A spectator ran onto the field and attacked the referee.
Eric can make people laugh merely by walking onto the stage.
Thousands of protesters poured out onto the streets.
b ) into a bus, train, ship, or aircraft, etc.:
Slater was arrested for trying to carry a gun onto the plane.
The refugees were herded onto buses.
c ) into a position in which you are resting or supporting yourself on a particular part of your body:
She rolled over onto her back and gazed at the ceiling.
2. ) used for saying that something is added to a list, statement, word, etc.:
Somehow Donald's name had gotten onto the list of candidates.
To form the plural, just add s or es onto the end.
3. ) used for saying in which direction a building, room, door, or window faces, or where it leads to:
The kitchen looks out onto a long narrow garden.
an apartment building facing onto Washington Square
be onto a good thing or be onto a winner
to have found an opportunity to become very successful or make a lot of money:
Internet companies obviously thought they were onto a good thing.
be/get onto someone MAINLY BRITISH
to speak to someone in order to complain or ask something
be onto someone
to have found out that a particular person was involved in a crime:
He knew the police were onto him.
be onto something
to have information that will help you make an important discovery:
I think you could be onto something here.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • onto — W2S1 also on to [ ɔntə before vowels ɔntu $ a:n , o:n ] prep 1.) used to say that someone or something moves to a position on a surface, area, or object ▪ She watched him walk onto the platform. ▪ Don t jump onto (=into) the bus while it s moving …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • onto- — ♦ Élément, du gr. ôn, ontos « l être, ce qui est ». onto élément, du gr. ôn, ontos, l étant, l être, ce qui est . ⇒ONT(O) , (ONT , ONTO )élém. formant I. PHILOS., LING. Élém. tiré du gr. , , part. prés. substantivé au neutre du gr. «je suis»,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • onto, on, on to — Onto and on are sometimes used interchangeably, but onto more strongly suggests movement toward something. The dog jumped on the table may mean that he was already on the table, jumping. The dog jumped onto the table clearly indicates that he… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • onto — Element prim de compunere savantă cu sensul de fiinţă , existenţă . [< fr., it. onto , cf. gr. on, ontos]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 27.06.2005. Sursa: DN  ONT(O) elem. fiinţă, existenţă . (< fr. ont/o/, cf. gr. on, ontos) …   Dicționar Român

  • onto- — word forming element meaning a being, individual; being, existence, from Gk. onto , from stem of on (gen. ontos) being, neuter prp. of einai to be (see ESSENCE (Cf. essence)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • onto — or on to [än′to͞o] prep. 1. to and upon; to a position on ☆ 2. Slang aware of or familiar with, esp. aware of the real nature or meaning of [they re onto our schemes] …   English World dictionary

  • Onto — On to, prep. [On + to. Cf. {Into}.] On the top of; upon; on. See {On to}, under {On}, prep. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • onto- — [dal gr. ṓn óntos, part. pres. di eimí essere ]. 1. (filos.) Primo elemento di parole composte in cui significa essere, esistenza, ente (ontologia ). 2. (biol.) Primo elemento di parole composte dove significa essere vivente, organismo vivente… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • onto — 1580s, as on to, from ON (Cf. on) + TO (Cf. to). Appeared much later than parallel INTO (Cf. into). As a closed compound (on analogy of into), first recorded 1715 …   Etymology dictionary

  • onto- — elem. de comp. Exprime a noção de ser, criatura (ex.: ontogênese).   ‣ Etimologia: grego on, onthos, particípio presente de eimi, ser …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • onto- — DEFINICIJA kao prvi dio riječi označava ono što se odnosi na biće, bitak, postojanje [ontologija] ETIMOLOGIJA grč. ón <G óntos>: ono što jest, biće ← eȋnai: biti …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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