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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylock onto
he/she/itlocks onto
present participlelocking onto
past tenselocked onto
past participlelocked onto

or lock in on

  1. lock onto something if a missile or a vehicle carrying missiles locks onto something, it finds out its position and prepares to destroy it

    The enemy planes had locked onto us.

See also main entry: lock

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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