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Definition of On

  • The general signification of on is situation, motion, or condition with respect to contact or support beneath
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In addition to; besides; -- indicating multiplication or succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought.
  • 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; based on certain assumptions.
  • At or in the time of; during; as, on Sunday we abstain from labor. See Atsynonym).
  • At the time of; -- often conveying some notion of cause or motive; as, on public occasions, the officers appear in full dress or uniform; the shop is closed on Sundays.
  • in consequence of, or following; as, on the ratification of the treaty, the armies were disbanded; start on the count of three.
  • Toward; for; -- indicating the object of some passion; as, have pity or compassion on him.
  • At the peril of, or for the safety of.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In reference or relation to; as, on our part expect punctuality; a satire on society.
  • Occupied with; in the performance of; as, only three officers are on duty; on a journey; on the job; on an assignment; on a case; on the alert.
  • In the service of; connected with; a member of; as, he is on a newspaper; on a committee.
  • In reference to; about; concerning; as, to think on it; to meditate on it.
  • Forward, in progression; onward; -- usually with a verb of motion; as, move on; go on; the beat goes on.
  • Forward, in succession; as, from father to son, from the son to the grandson, and so on.
  • In continuance; without interruption or ceasing; as, sleep on, take your ease; say on; sing on.
  • Adhering; not off; as in the phrase, “He is neither on nor off,” that is, he is not steady, he is irresolute.
  • Attached to the body, as clothing or ornament, or for use.
  • In progress; proceeding; ongoing; as, a game is on.
  • with a forward motion
  • indicates continuity or persistence or concentration
  • in a state required for something to function or be effective
  • in operation or operational
  • (of events) planned or scheduled

How to use on in a sentence. On pronunciation.

Thee remembers the man Kimber smitten by thee at the public-house on that day?
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Even from Jasper Kimber, who, on his return from London, was taken to his bed with fever.
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A poor sparrow on a tree-top, if you tell him he must not have it, he will hunt it down the world till it is his, as though it was a bird of paradise.
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He came to snatch old Soolsby's palace, his nest on the hill, to use it for a telescope, or such whimsies.
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Possession's nine points were with me; and here I sat and faced him; and here he stormed, and would do this and should do that; and I went on with my work.
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Men leave their impressions on all around them.
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But the years go on, and friends have an end.
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But all the time the bright, unclouded sun looked down on a smiling land, and in Cairo streets the din of the hammers, the voices of the boys driving heavily laden donkeys, the call of the camel-drivers leading their caravans into the great squares, the clang of the brasses of the sherbet-sellers, the song of the vendor of sweetmeats, the drone of the merchant praising his wares, went on amid scenes of wealth and luxury, and the city glowed with colour and gleamed with light.
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Dark faces grinned over the steaming pot at the door of the cafes, idlers on the benches smoked hasheesh, female street-dancers bared their faces shamelessly to the men, and indolent musicians beat on their tiny drums, and sang the song of "O Seyyid," or of "Antar"; and the reciter gave his sing-song tale from a bench above his fellows.
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This esteem gave greater certainty that any backsheesh coming from the estate of Benn Claridge would not be sifted through many hands on its way to himself.
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A foreigner of this character they had never before seen, with coat buttoned up like an Egyptian official in the presence of his superior, and this wide, droll hat on his head.
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The return of the drunken chair-maker made a deep impression on him-almost as deep as the waking dreams he had had of his uncle calling him.
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Of course, or you wouldn't be talking the English language-though I've heard they talk it better in Boston than they do in England, and in Chicago they're making new English every day and improving on the patent.
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It's the biggest jack-pot on earth.
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After five years I left, with a bald head at twenty-nine, and a little book of noble thoughts-Tips for the Tired, or Things you can say To-day on what you can do to-morrow.
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They were 'kourbashing' his feet; I landed on them as the soles came away.
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But it isn't any use going on these special missions.
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Whatever his misfortunes in Mexico had been, his forty years sat lightly on him, and his expansive temperament, his childlike sentimentality, gave him an appearance of beaming, sophisticated youth.
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In Egypt, if the master smiles on you, the servant puts his nose in the dust.
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The consuls and agents of all the nations save one were in brilliant uniform, and pashas, generals, and great officials were splendid in gold braid and lace, and wore flashing Orders on their breasts.
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Examples of On

Example #1
What think thee has happened?
Example #2
Now, Davy, I must tell of a strange thing.
Example #3
Because of the hard blows dealt him by thee, I went to make amends.
Example #4
How do I know these things?
Example #5
And when he's seen it fall at last, he'll remember but the fun of the chase; and the bird may get to its tree-top again-if it can-if it can-if it can, my lord!
Example #6
Ay, and he would have it, because it pleased him to have it-like his father before him.