one-on-one Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “one-on-one” in the English Dictionary

"one-on-one" in British English

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one-on-oneadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌwʌn.ɒnˈwʌn/  us   /-ɑːn-/
(UK also one-to-one) A one-on-one ​activityinvolves two ​peopletalkingdirectly, usually with one ​teaching or giving ​information to the other: Each ​employee has a one-on-one ​performancereview with his or her ​boss.


uk   /ˌwʌn.ɒnˈwʌn/  us   /-ɑːn-/
(UK also one-to-one) If two ​peoplediscuss something one-on-one, they ​discuss it ​directly, without ​involving anyone ​else: It's ​best to ​talk with him about the ​problem one-on-one. US In ​sports, if something is done one-on-one, it ​means that each ​player from one ​team is ​matched to a ​singleplayer from the other ​team.

one-on-onenoun [C]

uk   /ˌwʌn.ɒnˈwʌn/  us   /-ɑːn-/ (plural one-on-ones)
(UK one-to-one) a ​discussion or ​meeting between two ​people, without anyone ​elseinvolved: As well as ​generalmeetings, the ​president had one-on-ones with the other ​leaders.
(Definition of one-on-one from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"one-on-one" in American English

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one-on-oneadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈwʌn ɔn ˈwʌn, ˈwʌn ɑn ˈwʌn/
having ​direct, ​personalcommunication: Smaller ​classsizesmean that ​children get more one-on-one ​teacherattention.
(Definition of one-on-one from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"one-on-one" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˌwʌnɒnˈwʌn/ US
→  one-to-one
(Definition of one-on-one from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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