Translation of "on" - English-Spanish dictionary

on

preposition uk /ɒn/

A1 on a surface of something

en, sobre
I put the book on that shelf.
He stepped on my foot.

A1 covering, touching, attached to, or hanging from something

en
You have blood on your shirt.
Which finger do you wear your ring on?

A1 used to show the date or day when something happens

el (día)
He will arrive on 14 February.
I have to work on Saturday.

A2 used to refer to a place when giving directions

a
Take the first turning on the right.
Our house is the second on the left after the stop sign.

A2 in a particular place

en
See the diagram on page 22.
I met her on a ship.

A2 being broadcast or presented

en
What’s on TV tonight?

A2 used to show what money or time is used for

en
She refuses to spend more than £40 on a pair of shoes.
We’ve wasted too much time on this already.

A2 used to show some methods of travelling

en
Did you go over on the ferry?

B1 about

sobre

B1 next to or along the side of

en
The bank is on Maple Street.
Cambridge is on the River Cam.
Cincinnati is on the Ohio River.

B1 using something

por, a
I spoke to Dad on the phone.
I was working on my computer.
adverb uk /ɒn/

A2 working or being used

encendido
He left the computer on all day.
Is this microphone on?

A2 If you have something on, you are wearing it.

puesto
She has a black coat on.
Why don’t you put your new dress on?

happening or planned

programado
Is the party still on?
I’ve got a lot on at the moment.
What’s on at the cinema?

being broadcast or presented

en la tele/radio

used to show that an action or event continues

todavía
on and off

If something happens on and off during a period of time, it happens sometimes.

a veces sí, a veces no
They’ve been seeing each other on and off since Christmas.

(Translation of “on” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

on

preposition /on/

touching, fixed to, covering etc the upper or outer side of

sobre, encima de, en
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)

en
We were sitting on the bus
I got on the wrong bus.

at or during a certain day, time etc

a; el, los
on Monday
On his arrival, he went straight to bed.

about

sobre
a book on the theatre.

in the state or process of

en, de
He’s on holiday.

supported by

sobre, en
She was standing on one leg.

receiving, taking

con, a
He is on drugs
She is on a diet.

taking part in

en
He is on the committee
Which detective is working on this case?

towards

a, hacia
They marched on the town.

near or beside

en
a shop on the main road.

by means of

por
He played a tune on the violin
I spoke to him on the telephone.

being carried by

con
The thief had the stolen jewels on him.

when (something is, or has been, done)

en
On investigation, there proved to be no need to panic.

followed by

tras
oncoming adjective

approaching

que viene en dirección contraria, venidero, futuro
oncoming traffic.
ongoing adjective

continuing

en curso, que sigue
an ongoing argument.
onward adverb ( onwards)

moving forward (in place or time)

hacia delante
They marched onward(s).
be on to (someone)

to have discovered (a person’s) trick, secret etc

haber encontrado algo
The thieves realized that the police were on to them.
on and on

used with certain verbs to emphasize the length of an activity

sin parar
She kept on and on asking questions.
on time

at the right time

a la hora, a tiempo
He got here on time.
on to / onto

to a position on

en, encima de
He lifted it onto the table.

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