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on /ɑn, ɔn/USA pronunciation
prep. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
in, into, or onto a position of being supported or attached:Sew the buttons on.
in, into, or onto a position of covering or wrapping:Put your raincoat on.
tightly attached to a thing, such as for support:Hold on!
toward a place, point, activity, or object:to look on while others work.
forward, onward, or along, such as in any course or process later on:further on.
with continuous activity:continued on with his job.
into or in active operation or performance:Turn the gas on.
adj. [be + ~]
operating or in use:Is the radio on?
taking place; occurring:Don't you know there's a war on?
being broadcast:What's on tonight, anything interesting to watch?
scheduled or planned:Do you have anything on for tomorrow?
- so as to be or to remain supported by:Put the package on the table.
- so as to be attached to or unified with:There is a label on the jar.
- so as to be a covering or wrapping for:Put the blanket on the baby.
- in connection, association, or cooperation with:to serve on a jury.
- so as to be a supporting part or base of:legs on a chair.
- (used to show that the preceding noun has the following noun as its place, location, situation, etc.):an ugly scar on the face.
- very close to; at the edge of:a house on the lake.
- in the direction of:to sail on a southerly course.
- using as a means of carrying or of supporting or providing movement:arrived on the noon plane.
- by the agency or means of:drunk on wine.
- directed against or toward:She played a joke on him.
- having as a subject; being about (something):a new book on dogs.
- in a state, condition, or process of:The workers are on strike.
- engaged in or involved with:I'm on the second chapter of the book.
- subject to:If there is a doctor on call it means that a doctor can be summoned quickly in an emergency.
- having as a source or agent:He came to depend on his friends.
- having as a basis or ground:on my word of honor.
- assigned to or working at:Who's on duty today?
- (used with days and dates) at the time mentioned:The train arrives every hour on the hour (= at one, two, three o'clock, etc.)
- at the time or occasion of:You have to pay cash on delivery (= at the time delivery is made).
- within the required limits of:The train arrived on time.
- having as the object or end of motion:The demonstrators marched on the capital.
- having as the object or the goal of action, thought, desire, etc.:to gaze on a scene.
- having as the subject or reference; with respect to:What are your views on rock music?
- Informal Termspaid for by, esp. as a treat or gift:Dinner is on me.
- taking or using as a measure or cure to improve one's health, energy, etc.:He's on a low-salt diet.
- regularly taking or addicted to:She's not on drugs anymore.
- Informal Termswith; carried by:I have no money on me.
- so as to disturb or affect in a bad way:My hair dryer broke on me.
- having as a risk or unfortunate result:on pain of death.
- in addition to:millions on millions of stars.
- behaving in a very animated or theatrical manner:He never stops and just relaxes; he's always on.
- functioning or performing at one's best:The pitcher is really on today.
- Idiomson and off, with periods of time in between; intermittently.
- Idiomson and on, at great length:to chatter on and on.Compareat, in.
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AbbreviationsOntario, Canada (approved for postal use).
hon•or /ˈɑnɚ/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]
to hold in honor or high respect; revere:to honor one's ancestors.
to treat with honor;
- [uncountable] honesty, fairness, high standards or integrity in one's beliefs and actions:a code of honor.
- [countable; usually singular] a source of credit or distinction:to be an honor to one's country.
- [uncountable] high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank:The president dedicated a memorial in honor of the dead.
- [uncountable] fame; glory:to earn a position of honor.
usually singular] the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, etc.:the honor of serving on a panel.
- Usually,honors. [plural] evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank or distinction:a funeral with full military honors.
- [proper noun; His/Her/Your + ~] a title of respect for judges and mayors:"Your Honor, I object,'' the lawyer protested to the judge.
- special rank, award, or recognition given by a school to an outstanding student:graduated with honors.
- a class or course for advanced students, usually involving advanced or independent work:an honors course in linguistics.
give honor or distinction to:Will you honor us with your presence tonight?
to keep to the terms of:to honor a treaty.
Businessto accept or pay (a credit card, check, etc.):Most major credit cards are honored at this restaurant.
adj. [before a noun]
of, relating to, or noting honor:an honor guard of three soldiers carrying flags in the parade.
do honor to, [ ~ + obj]
- to bring respect to:You do honor to our college.
- to be a credit to:He did honor to his country.
- Idiomsdo the honors, to act as host, as in serving at the dinner table:Please do the honors and carve the roast.
- Idiomson or upon one's honor, bound by one's word or good name:You are on your honor not to cheat.
hon•or•ee, n. [countable],pl. -ees.
hon•or•er, n. [countable]
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on /ɒn/ prep
adv (often used as a particle)
- in contact or connection with the surface of; at the upper surface of: an apple on the ground, a mark on the table cloth
- attached to: a puppet on a string
- carried with: I've no money on me
- in the immediate vicinity of; close to or along the side of: a house on the sea, this verges on the ridiculous!
- within the time limits of a day or date: he arrived on Thursday
- being performed upon or relayed through the medium of: what's on the television?
- at the occasion of: on his retirement
- used to indicate support, subsistence, contingency, etc: he lives on bread, it depends on what you want
- regularly taking (a drug): she's on the pill
- addicted to: he's on heroin
- by means of (something considered as a mode of transport) (esp in such phrases as on foot, on wheels, on horseback, etc)
- in the process or course of: on a journey, on strike
- concerned with or relating to: a tax on potatoes, a programme on archaeology
- used to indicate the basis, grounds, or cause, as of a statement or action: I have it on good authority
- against: used to indicate opposition: they marched on the city at dawn
- used to indicate a meeting or encounter: he crept up on her
- (used with an adjective preceded by the) indicating the manner or way in which an action is carried out: on the sly, on the cheap
- informal staked or wagered as a bet: ten pounds on that horse
- charged to: the drinks are on me
- in the position or state required for the commencement or sustained continuation, as of a mechanical operation: the radio's been on all night
- attached to, surrounding, or placed in contact with something
- in a manner indicating continuity, persistence, concentration, etc: don't keep on about it, the play went on all afternoon
- in a direction towards something, esp forwards; so as to make progress: we drove on towards London, march on!
- on and off, off and on ⇒ intermittently; from time to time
- on and on ⇒ without ceasing; continually
- functioning; operating: turn the switch to the on position
- (postpositive) informal performing, as on stage: I'm on in five minutes
- definitely taking place: the match is on for Friday, their marriage is still on
- tolerable, practicable, acceptable, etc: your plan just isn't on
- on at ⇒ informal nagging: she was always on at her husband
- (of a bowler) bowling
Etymology: Old English an, on; related to Old Saxon an, Old High German, Gothic ana
- (modifier) relating to or denoting the leg side of a cricket field or pitch: the on side, an on drive
- (in combination) used to designate certain fielding positions on the leg side: long-on, mid-on
ON abbreviation for
- Old Norse
- (esp in postal addresses) Ontario
On /ɒn/ n
- the ancient Egyptian and biblical name for Heliopolis
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