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German translation of “on”

on

preposition /on/
touching, fixed to, covering etc the upper or outer side of
auf, in
The book was lying on the table He was standing on the floor She wore a hat on her head.
in or into (a vehicle, train etc)
in
We were sitting on the bus I got on the wrong bus.
at or during a certain day, time etc
an, bei
on Monday On his arrival, he went straight to bed.
about
über
a book on the theatre.
in the state or process of
in
He’s on holiday.
supported by
auf
She was standing on one leg.
receiving, taking
auf
He is on drugs She is on a diet.
taking part in
in, an
He is on the committee Which detective is working on this case?
towards
zu
They marched on the town.
near or beside
an
a shop on the main road.
by means of
auf, an
He played a tune on the violin I spoke to him on the telephone.
being carried by
mit
The thief had the stolen jewels on him.
when (something is, or has been, done)
als
On investigation, there proved to be no need to panic.
followed by
auf
disaster on disaster.
oncoming adjective approaching
heran-, entgegenkommend
oncoming traffic.
ongoing adjective continuing
fortgesetzt
an ongoing argument.
onward(s) adverb moving forward (in place or time)
vorwärts
They marched onward(s).
be on to (someone) to have discovered (a person’s) trick, secret etc
im Bilde sein über
The thieves realized that the police were on to them.
on and on used with certain verbs to emphasize the length of an activity
immer weiter
She kept on and on asking questions.
on time at the right time
rechtzeitig
He got here on time.
on to / onto to a position on
auf
He lifted it onto the table.
(Definition of on from the Password English-German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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