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onto

[ on-too, awn-; unstressed on-tuh, awn- ]
/ ˈɒn tu, ˈɔn-; unstressed ˈɒn tə, ˈɔn- /
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preposition
to a place or position on; upon; on: to get onto a horse.
Informal. in or into a state of awareness about: I'm onto your scheme.
adjective
Also surjective .Mathematics. pertaining to a function or map from one set to another set, the range of which is the entire second set.

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Origin of onto

First recorded in 1575–85; on + to

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH onto

on, onto , on to

Other definitions for onto (2 of 2)

onto-

a combining form meaning “being,” used in the formation of compound words: ontogeny.
Also especially before a vowel, ont-.

Origin of onto-

<New Latin <Greek ont- (stem of ón, neuter present participle of eînai to be) + -o--o-
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British Dictionary definitions for onto (1 of 2)

onto

on to

/ (ˈɒntʊ, unstressed ˈɒntə) /

preposition
to a position that is onstep onto the train as it passes
having become aware of (something illicit or secret)the police are onto us
into contact withget onto the factory

usage for onto

Onto is now generally accepted as a word in its own right. On to is still used, however, where on is considered to be part of the verb: he moved on to a different town as contrasted with he jumped onto the stage

British Dictionary definitions for onto (2 of 2)

onto-

combining form
existence or beingontogeny; ontology

Word Origin for onto-

from Late Greek, from ōn (stem ont-) being, present participle of einai to be
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Other Idioms and Phrases with onto

on to

see be on to.

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