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.