onon2 ●●● S1 W1 adjective, adverb [not before noun] 1 CONTINUE/NOT STOPcontinuing used to say that someone continues to do something or something continues to happen, without stopping We decided to play on even though it was snowing. He went on and on (=talked for a very long time) about his job all evening.2 FORWARDfurther if you move, walk etc on, you move forward or further towards something If you walk on a little, you can see the coast. We drove on towards Manchester.3 BEFOREAFTERlater later than or after a particular time Now, 40 years on, this is one of the most successful theatres in the country. From that moment on I never believed a word she said.4 DCCwearing somethingWEAR CLOTHES if you have something on, you are wearing it All he had on was a pair of tattered shorts. Put your coat on. It’s freezing outside.5 attached used to say that something is attached to something else, especially when it is in the correct position opp off Is the cover on properly? Remember to put the lid back on. 6 written used to say that something is written somewhere He was wearing a badge with his name on.7 TTENTERtransport in or into a bus, train etc opp off The train stopped and two people got on.8 ON/SWITCHED ONlight/machine if a machine, light etc is on, it is operating opp off Who left all the lights on? The TV’s on, but nobody seems to be watching it. He sat down at the desk and switched on the computer.9 TCBTELEVISION/RADIObeing broadcast if a radio or television programme etc is on, it is being broadcast What time is ‘Star Trek’ on?10 HAPPENevents if an event is on, it has been arranged and is happening or will happen opp off The transport union has confirmed that the strike is definitely on. I’d avoid the city centre – there’s some kind of procession on. Is the party still on tonight or have they cancelled it? 11 APTperforming/speaking performing or speaking in public You’re on in two minutes.12 working if you are on at a particular time, you are doing your job at that time I’m not on again until two o'clock tomorrow.13 → have something on14 → on and off15 → be/go/keep on at somebody16 → be/go/keep on about something17 → be not on18 → be on for something19 → you’re on → onto
Examples from the Corpuson• You should visit Chicago while the festival is on.• OK, who left the lights on?• Rick was standing there with nothing on.• I sent Dan on ahead to find us seats at the theater.• Put your shoes on, and let's go.• There's a good comedy on at eight.• I usually get on at Irving Street.• As far as we know, the game is still on for tomorrow.• Let's go on. I want to get home before it gets dark.• You're on in two minutes.on and on• I could go on and on but you already got more than you probably wanted out of this answer.• I hope, I really hope, that this will not drag on and on and on.• I went on and on at her: draw me, draw me, draw me, Mummy!• It goes on and on that way for two solid months, like a sixty-day trance-like a contact high.• She goes on and on and on.• The high blue summer weather goes on and on and by mid-afternoon it's hot up here under the leads.• The war may well just go on and on.• Yet the pump runs on and on, its noise now a constant accompaniment to their once-quiet lives.