one-on-one Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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

"one-on-one" in British English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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

See all translations


uk   us   /ˌwʌnɒnˈwʌn/ US
→  one-to-one
(Definition of one-on-one from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of one-on-one?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“one-on-one” in British English

“one-on-one” in American English

“one-on-one” in Business English

Word of the Day


someone who tries to help two groups who disagree to reach an agreement with each other, usually as a job

Word of the Day

Tree huggers and climate change deniers
Tree huggers and climate change deniers
by Colin McIntosh,
October 08, 2015
The climate debate is one that has predictably generated a large amount of new vocabulary, some of it originally specialized scientific terminology that has been taken up by the media and is now common currency. Some of these terms are new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. The two opposing sides in

Read More 

climate justice noun
climate justice noun
October 12, 2015
the holding to account of those responsible for climate change and reparation for those most affected by it I just finished reading the pope’s message to the world on climate justice.I feel energized and have joined a group of people at my church, St. Joseph University Parish, who feel the same.

Read More