(adjective) in operation or operational; “left the oven on”; “the switch is in the on position”


(adjective) (of events) planned or scheduled; “the picnic is on, rain or shine”; “we have nothing on for Friday night”

along, on

(adverb) 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”


(adverb) indicates continuity or persistence or concentration; “his spirit lives on”; “shall I read on?”


(adverb) in a state required for something to function or be effective; “turn the lights on”; “get a load on”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


on (not comparable)

In the state of being active, functioning or operating.

Antonym: off

Performing according to schedule; taking place.

Fitted; covering; being worn.

(chiefly, UK, informal, usually negative) Acceptable, appropriate.

(informal) Destined, normally in the context of a challenge being accepted; involved, doomed.

(baseball, informal) Having reached a base as a runner and being positioned there, awaiting further action from a subsequent batter.

(cricket) Within the half of the field on the same side as the batsman's legs; the left side for a right-handed batsman.

Synonym: leg; Antonym: off

(euphemistic) Menstruating.


• (baseball: positioned at a base): on base (not informal)


on (not comparable)

To an operating state.

So as to cover or be fitted.

Along, forwards (continuing an action).

In continuation, at length.

(cricket) 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.

(obsolete in the US) Later.

Of betting odds, denoting a better-than-even chance. See also odds-on.

Antonym: against


• (active, functioning, operating): off

• (to an operating state): off

• (later): after, afterward/afterwards, later, subsequently, thence



Positioned at the upper surface of, touching from above.

At or in (a certain region or location).

Near; adjacent to; alongside.


At the date of.

Some time during the day of.

Dealing with the subject of, about, or concerning something.

Touching; hanging from.

(informal) In the possession of.

Because of, or due to.

Upon; at the time of (and often because of).

Paid for by.

Used to indicate a means or medium.

Indicating a means of subsistence.

Away or occupied with (e.g. a scheduled activity).

Denoting performance or action by contact with the surface, upper part, or outside of anything; hence, by means of; with.

Regularly taking (a drug).

Under the influence of (a drug).

(mathematics) Having identical domain and codomain.

(mathematics) Having \(V^n\) as domain and V as codomain, for some set V and integer n.

(mathematics) Generated by.

Supported by (the specified part of itself).

At a given time after the start of something; at.

In addition to; besides; indicating multiplication or succession in a series.

(obsolete, regional) of

Indicating dependence or reliance; with confidence in.

Toward; for; indicating the object of an emotion.

(obsolete) At the peril of, or for the safety of.

In the service of; connected with; of the number of.

By virtue of; with the pledge of.

To the account or detriment of; denoting imprecation or invocation, or coming to, falling, or resting upon.

(especially when numbers of combatants or competitors are specified) Against; in opposition to.


• (dealing with the subject of): about, apropos, as for; See also about

• (because of): by dint of, due to; See also because of


on (third-person singular simple present ons, present participle oning, simple past and past participle oned)

(transitive, Singapore, Philippines) to switch on

Synonym: turn on

Etymology 2



(UK dialectal, Scotland) Without.

Usage notes

• Usually followed by a present participle, as being, having, etc.

Etymology 3



In the Japanese language, a pronunciation, or reading, of a kanji character that was originally based on the character's pronunciation in Chinese, contrasted with kun.


• N.O., NO, No, No., no, no.

Proper noun


Abbreviation of Ontario, a province of Canada.

Coordinate terms: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, NT, NU, PE, QC, SK, YT

Initialism of Old Norse.


• N.O., NO, No, No., no, no.

Source: Wiktionary


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