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preposition onto pronunciation in American English /ˈɑntə/
  1. 1
    into a position on an object or surface

    A tree fell onto a car, trapping the people inside.

    Marilyn emptied her shopping bag onto the carpet.

    He climbed onto the roof to get a better view.

    1. a.
      to an area that you think of as a surface

      A spectator ran onto the field and attacked the referee.

      Eric can make people laugh merely by walking onto the stage.

      Thousands of protesters poured out onto the streets.

    2. b.
      into a bus, train, ship, or aircraft, etc.

      Slater was arrested for trying to carry a gun onto the plane.

      The refugees were herded onto buses.

  2. 2
    used for saying that something is added to a list, statement, word, etc.

    Somehow Donald’s name had gotten onto the list of candidates.

    To form the plural, just add “s” or “es” onto the end.

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  3. 3
    used for saying in which direction a building, room, door, or window faces, or where it leads to

    The kitchen looks out onto a long narrow garden.

    an apartment building facing onto Washington Square


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