Definition of “one-on-one” - English Dictionary

“one-on-one” in British English

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one-on-oneadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌwʌn.ɒnˈwʌn/ us /ˌwʌn.ɑːnˈwʌn/


uk /ˌwʌn.ɒnˈwʌn/ us /ˌwʌn.ɑːnˈwʌn/

UK also one-to-one If two people discuss 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 single player from the other team.

one-on-onenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌwʌn.ɒnˈwʌn/ us /ˌwʌn.ɑːnˈwʌn/ plural one-on-ones

(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, personal communication:

Smaller class sizes mean that children get more one-on-one teacher attention.

(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 /ˌwʌnɒnˈwʌn/ us US

→  one-to-one

(Definition of “one-on-one” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)