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preposition onto pronunciation in British English /ˈɒntə/
  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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    3. c.
      into a position in which you are resting or supporting yourself on a particular part of your body

      She rolled over onto her back and gazed at the ceiling.

  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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