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Definitions of on

  1.   performing or scheduled for duties; " I'm on from five to midnight"; " Naval personnel on duty in Alaska"; " her on- duty hours were 11p. m. to 7 a. m."
  2.   Forward, in progression; onward; - usually with a verb of motion; as, move on; go on.
  3.   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.
  4.   In the service of; connected with; of the number of; as, he is on a newspaper; on a committee.
  5.   In of into contact with the top of; by means of.
  6.   At the peril of, or for the safety of.
  7.   In the act of.
  8.   Occupied with; in the performance of; as, only three officers are on duty; on a journey.
  9.   In reference or relation to; as, on our part expect punctuality; a satire on society.
  10.   Attached to the body, as clothing or ornament, or for use.
  11.   In continuance; without interruption or ceasing; as, sleep on, take your ease; say on; sing on.
  12.   with a forward motion; " we drove along admiring the view"; " the horse trotted along at a steady pace"; " the circus traveled on to the next city"; " move along"; " march on"
  13.   A word of excitement or encouragement to attack or advance; a contraction for go on.
  14.   indicates continuity or persistence or concentration; " his spirit lives on"; " shall I read on?"
  15.   Forward; not off.
  16.   At or in the time of; during; as, on Sunday we abstain from labor. See At ( synonym).
  17.   Close behind.
  18.   Directed toward.
  19.   One; they.
  20.   Forward, in succession; as, from father to son, from the son to the grandson, and so on.
  21.   Toward; for; - indicating the object of some passion; as, have pity or compassion on him.
  22.   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.
  23.   Of.
  24.   In addition to; besides; - indicating multiplication or succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought.
  25.   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.
  26.   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.
  27.   Forward in progression; in continuance; without ceasing; opposed to off; on a sudden, suddenly.
  28.   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.
  29.   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.
  30.   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.
  31.   Above, or next beyond: forward, in succession: in continuance: not off.
  32.   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"
  33.   In reference to.
  34.   Forward; ahead.
  35.   Go on! proceed!.
  36.   The general signification of on is situation, motion, or condition with respect to contact or support beneath
  37.   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.
  38.   Forward; onward; not off.
  39.   In contact with the upper part of; at; during; to; with; for; upon; by; after.
  40.   Being in contact with the upper part of a thing; upon; at; or near.
  41.   Comprised in.
  42.   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.
  43.   ( of events) planned or scheduled; " the picnic is on, rain or shine"; " we have nothing on for Friday night"
  44.   So as to cover, overspread, of adhere.
  45.   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.
  46.   Adhering; not off; as in the phrase, He is neither on nor off, that is, he is not steady, he is irresolute.
  47.   in operation or operational; " left the oven on"; " the switch is in the on position"
  48.   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.
  49.   An incalculable period of time; an age; eternity.
  50.   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.
  51.   In a state of.
  52.   In progress; proceeding; as, a game is on.

Quotes of on

  1. If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. – Hal Abelson
  2. I'm into a casual -dressing girl: blue jeans and a tank top is super sexy. But the sexiest thing on a girl- when I see it I'm like, oh my God- is these little tight boxers. Don't get me wrong, g -strings are fine, but those cover a little, to where it's just enough. – Jensen Ackles
  3. I have this phobia: I don't like mirrors. And I don't watch myself on television. If anything comes on I make them shut it off, or I leave the room. – Pamela Anderson
  4. But if you really want to get involved in making a difference, you can stay at home with your family and have a job and make a reasonable living without having to be on an airplane all of the time, then you ought to go back home and run for School Board. – Birch Bayh
  5. If you are as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland, you are a happy man indeed. – James Buchanan
  6. Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments on the wing like mysterious butterflies, fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men. – Giorgio de Chirico
  7. On some level, now, we are joining the larger world and realizing that we are connected with people in these very scary ways, sometimes. What happened recently in Spain affects us here and brings questions up. It is too bad that people have to be shaken up in that way. – Edwidge Danticat
  8. But I think everybody should write. I think those people with stories who don't write should be stomped on – Katherine Dunn
  9. My great love is my home county of Cornwall, I love to sit and watch people enjoying themselves on the beaches and in the harbour towns of Cornwall. – John Dyer
  10. So see every opportunity as golden, and keep your eyes on the prize- yours, not anybody else's. – Roberta Flack
  11. You cannot run a business, or anything else, on a theory. – Harold S. Geneen
  12. It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into. – Georg C. Lichtenberg
  13. The guys in my band are great -we watch movies, we eat pizza, take walks, read books. Everybody has a really great sense of humor. And my boyfriend comes and visits me on the road. – Lisa Loeb
  14. I also met, early on Ella Fitzgerald. Her songbooks are some of the most amazing bodies of work. – Johnny Mathis
  15. Although there is a very large literature, still growing almost daily, on the Chinese calendar, its interest is, we suggest, much more archaeological and historical than scientific. – Joseph Needham

Usage examples for on

  1. I'm in on that! ” – Pee-wee Harris on the Trail by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  2. He is away on the hunt. ” – Spotted Deer by Elmer Gregor
  3. Go on with the thought. ” – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  4. She was going on as if nothing had happened. ” – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  5. But they know I can't get on without it. ” – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  6. Go on sir," I cried to Hoskyns. ” – Oddsfish! by Robert Hugh Benson
  7. In gardyns on the mottes. ” – Dialogues in French and English by William Caxton
  8. “ " No discountin' on that. ” – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  9. “ " Yes, go on Fragini," said Dellarme. ” – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  10. “ Noo ye'll gang on thegither again, an' I'll come ahin'." ” – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  11. But we can't let it go on you know. ” – Short Stories of Various Types by Various
  12. They would have gone on if they could, but they could not. ” – Black Jack by Max Brand
  13. All going on well? ” – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  14. Well, come on with it. ” – Plays by August Strindberg, Second series by August Strindberg
  15. Shall I try it on – A Duet by A. Conan Doyle
  16. “ I'll take you on to Wayville. ” – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue by Laura Lee Hope
  17. And I said I should like to try you on him. ” – Louisiana by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  18. So it went on for some time. ” – Good Stories For Great Holidays Arranged for Story-Telling and Reading Aloud and for the Children's Own Reading by Frances Jenkins Olcott
  19. If they did, they didn't let on – The Flying Saucers are Real by Donald Keyhoe
  20. He did go on – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris

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