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"onto" in American English

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ontopreposition

 us   /ˈɔn·tə, ˈɑn-, -tu/
into a position on: Gennaro tossed his newspaper onto the table.
be onto
To be onto something or someone is to be aware of other information relating to the situation, esp. when someone is trying to deceive you: Everybody is onto you – why don’t you admit you lied?
(Definition of onto from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"onto" in British English

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ontopreposition

(also on to) uk   /ˈɒn.tu/  us   /ˈɑːn.tu/
  • onto preposition (MOVEMENT)

B1 used to show movement into or on a particular place: I slipped as I stepped onto the platform. The sheep were loaded onto trucks.

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  • onto preposition (KNOWING)

knowing about someone or something that can be useful to you: You're onto a good thing with this buy-one-get-one-free deal.UK David put me onto (= told me about) a really good restaurant.
knowing about something bad someone has done: He knows we're onto him.UK Who put the police onto (= told the police about) her?
  • onto preposition (ASKING)

UK If you are onto someone, you talk to that person, especially to ask them to do something, or to complain to them: I must get onto the plumber about the shower. Dad was onto her again about doing her homework.
  • onto preposition (ADDING)

used about someone or something that is added to or joins a particular thing: Imir's been voted onto the union committee. I've been having problems loading this software onto my computer.
(Definition of onto from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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