Translation of "on" - English-German dictionary

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
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.

(Translation of “on” from the PASSWORD English–German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)