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preposition onto pronunciation in British English /ˈɒntə/
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  1. 1
    into a position on an object or surface
    He climbed onto the roof to get a better view.
    A tree fell onto a car, trapping the people inside.
    Marilyn emptied her shopping bag onto the carpet.
    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 Donovan’s name had got 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 Waterloo Street


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