onto

/'ontu/; before consonants preposition
1 used with verbs expressing movement meaning in or on a particular place: The men managed to jump onto the train while it was moving. | Some paint was dripping off the ceiling onto the floor.
2
a) be onto sb informal to know who did something wrong, committed a crime etc: The police are onto him.
b) be/get onto sb especially BrE to get in contact with someone: Get onto the hospital and see if they can spare extra nurses.
3 be onto a good thing/a winner informal to be in a very good situation that gives you many advantages: She's onto a real winner with that job.
4 if something such as a room looks or gives onto another room, a view etc, that is what you can see from that room or where that room leads: The main sitting area looked out onto a beautiful view of the hills.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • onto — W2S1 also on to [ ɔntə before vowels ɔntu $ a:n , o:n ] prep 1.) used to say that someone or something moves to a position on a surface, area, or object ▪ She watched him walk onto the platform. ▪ Don t jump onto (=into) the bus while it s moving …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • onto- — ♦ Élément, du gr. ôn, ontos « l être, ce qui est ». onto élément, du gr. ôn, ontos, l étant, l être, ce qui est . ⇒ONT(O) , (ONT , ONTO )élém. formant I. PHILOS., LING. Élém. tiré du gr. , , part. prés. substantivé au neutre du gr. «je suis»,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • onto, on, on to — Onto and on are sometimes used interchangeably, but onto more strongly suggests movement toward something. The dog jumped on the table may mean that he was already on the table, jumping. The dog jumped onto the table clearly indicates that he… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • onto — Element prim de compunere savantă cu sensul de fiinţă , existenţă . [< fr., it. onto , cf. gr. on, ontos]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 27.06.2005. Sursa: DN  ONT(O) elem. fiinţă, existenţă . (< fr. ont/o/, cf. gr. on, ontos) …   Dicționar Român

  • onto- — word forming element meaning a being, individual; being, existence, from Gk. onto , from stem of on (gen. ontos) being, neuter prp. of einai to be (see ESSENCE (Cf. essence)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • onto — or on to [än′to͞o] prep. 1. to and upon; to a position on ☆ 2. Slang aware of or familiar with, esp. aware of the real nature or meaning of [they re onto our schemes] …   English World dictionary

  • Onto — On to, prep. [On + to. Cf. {Into}.] On the top of; upon; on. See {On to}, under {On}, prep. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • onto- — [dal gr. ṓn óntos, part. pres. di eimí essere ]. 1. (filos.) Primo elemento di parole composte in cui significa essere, esistenza, ente (ontologia ). 2. (biol.) Primo elemento di parole composte dove significa essere vivente, organismo vivente… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • onto — 1580s, as on to, from ON (Cf. on) + TO (Cf. to). Appeared much later than parallel INTO (Cf. into). As a closed compound (on analogy of into), first recorded 1715 …   Etymology dictionary

  • onto- — elem. de comp. Exprime a noção de ser, criatura (ex.: ontogênese).   ‣ Etimologia: grego on, onthos, particípio presente de eimi, ser …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • onto- — DEFINICIJA kao prvi dio riječi označava ono što se odnosi na biće, bitak, postojanje [ontologija] ETIMOLOGIJA grč. ón <G óntos>: ono što jest, biće ← eȋnai: biti …   Hrvatski jezični portal


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