AskDefine | Define on

Dictionary Definition

on adj
1 in operation or operational; "left the oven on"; "the switch is in the on position" [ant: off]
2 (of events) planned or scheduled; "the picnic is on, rain or shine"; "we have nothing on for Friday night" [ant: off]
3 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." [syn: on(p), on duty(p), on-duty(a)] adv
1 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" [syn: along]
2 indicates continuity or persistence or concentration; "his spirit lives on"; "shall I read on?"
3 in a state required for something to function or be effective; "turn the lights on"; "get a load on"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a UK , /ɒn/, /Qn/
  • a US /ɑn/|/ɔn/, /An/|/On/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒn

Etymology

Old English on, originally an. From Germanic *ana. Related forms: Οld German ana (new German an), Οld Dutch an, ane (aan), Οld Frisian ana, Gothic ana, Οld Norse/Icelandic/Faeroese á, Danish/Swedish/Norwegian på. Possibly related to Greek ἀνά (upward).

Preposition

  1. Positioned at the upper surface of, touching from above.
    on the table
  2. covering
  3. At the date of.
    Born on the 4th of July.
  4. Dealing with the subject of, about, or concerning something.
    A book on history.
    The World Summit on the Information Society.
  5. Touching; hanging from.
    I have no money on me.
    The fruit on the trees.
    The painting hangs on the wall.
  6. Having V as both domain and codomain.
  7. Having Vn as domain and V as codomain.
  8. Because of, or due to something.
    To arrest someone on suspicion of bribery.
    To contact someone on a hunch.
    The stock price increased on news of a new product.
  9. Paid for by.
    The drinks are on me tonight, boys.
    The meal is on the house.

Derived terms

Translations

positioned at the upper surface of
covering
at the date of
dealing with the subject of
touching; hanging from
in the phrase: depend on, dependent on
mapping both from and to

Adjective

  1. active, functioning, operating
  2. in, or towards the half of the field on the same side as the batsman's legs; the left side for a right-handed batsman; leg

Antonyms

Translations

active, functioning, operating
cricket: in, or towards the half of the field on the same side as the batsman's legs

Adverb

on
  1. to an operating state
    turn the television on
  2. along, forwards (continuing an action)
    drive on, rock on

Antonyms

Translations

to an operating state
continuing an action

Catalan

Pronoun

on

Cardinal number

on

Croatian

Pronoun

  1. he

Declension

Czech

Pronunciation

Pronoun

on
  1. he (third person personal, 's)

Related terms

See also

Dutch

Adverb

on
  1. rarely used as shorthand for oneven (odd), the prefix on- means not (corresponds to English un-)

Estonian

Etymology

inflected form of olema

Pronunciation

  • lang=et|[on]

Verb

on
  1. Third-person singular indicative present form of olema.
    See on seal.
    It is there.
    See on seal olnud.
    It has been there.

Finnish

Etymology

inflected form of olla

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: on
  • lang=fi|[on]

Verb

on
  1. Se on tuolla.
    It is there.
    Se on ollut tuolla.
    It has been there.

French

Pronunciation

Pronoun

on

Synonyms

Japanese

Derived terms

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic *ana

Preposition

on
  1. on

Polish

Pronunciation

  • //

Pronoun

on (p: personal only - oni, all other - one)
  1. he for animate, it for inanimate (third person, s).

See also

Slovak

Pronoun

on
  1. he (third person, personal, s)''

Related terms

See also

Slovene

Pronoun

  1. he

Related terms

Swedish

Noun

on
  1. plural of letter o

Turkish

Cardinal number

on

Cardinal number

on (bal)

Pronoun

on
  1. one, neuter of person

Extensive Definition

On, on, or ON may refer to:
  • Ontario, Canada
  • A switching state, contrasted with off (state)
  • "being" in ancient Greek
    • Ontology, a branch of philosophy that deals with the concept of being (on)
  • ON, the postnomial abbreviation used by members of the Jamaican Order of the Nation
  • ON, the postnomial abbreviation for Old Nottinghamian, a person who attended or worked at Nottingham High School
  • On, a transliteration of the Egyptian name of the city of Heliopolis
  • On, (Genesis 41:45), connected with "Potipherah, priest of On" (where On may refer to Heliopolis or an Egyptian deity)
  • ON Semiconductor, a leading supplier of power management solutions
  • Old Norse, a North Germanic language commonly referenced in etymology
  • Osteonectin, a glycoprotein
  • osteonecrosis
  • Overground Network, a railway scheme in South London
  • Nintendo On, a fake video game console
  • Air Nauru, IATA airline designator ON
  • ITV Digital, a failed British digital television service originally named ONdigital
  • Leg side, in the game of cricket
  • The On'yomi reading of Japanese kanji characters

In popular music

See also

on in German: ON
on in French: ON
on in Korean: ON
on in Italian: ON
on in Dutch: On
on in Japanese: ON
on in Portuguese: ON
on in Slovak: On
on in Finnish: On
on in Turkish: On

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about, above, accidental, accompanying, across, ado, afloat, afoot, after which, against, ahead, along, among, anent, apropos of, as for, as regards, as respects, as to, astraddle, astride, at, atop, by, by dint of, by means of, by use of, by virtue of, by way of, circumstantial, concerning, current, doing, en route to, eventuating, for, forth, forward, forwards, from, going on, happening, headed for, hereby, hereinafter, herewith, horseback, in, in connection with, in contact with, in hand, in passage to, in point of, in re, in reference to, in regard to, in relation to, in relation with, in respect to, in the wind, in transit to, in virtue of, incidental, near, next to, occasional, occurring, of, on foot, on horseback, on route to, on top of, ongoing, onward, onwards, opposite, over, over against, passing, per, pertaining to, pertinent to, prevailing, prevalent, re, referring to, regarding, relating to, relative to, respecting, resultant, speaking of, straddle, straddle-legged, straddleback, taking place, thanks to, thereby, therewith, through, to, touching, toward, towards, under way, up, up against, upon, upon which, versus, vis-a-vis, whereat, whereby, wherefore, whereon, whereto, whereunto, whereupon, wherewith, wherewithal, with, with regard to, with respect to
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