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English definition of “on”

on

adverb (MOVING FORWARD)    /ɒn/ US  /ɑːn/
B2 continuing forward in space or time: You cycle on and I'll meet you there. Move on, please, and let the ambulance through. When you've finished reading it would you pass it on to Paul? They never spoke to each other from that day on (= after that day). What are you doing later on?Describing movement towards Grammar:On, ontoOn and onto are prepositions.See more
(Definition of on adverb (MOVING FORWARD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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