W2S1 also on to ['ɔntə before vowels 'ɔntu $ 'a:n-, 'o:n-] prep
1.) used to say that someone or something moves to a position on a surface, area, or object
She watched him walk onto the platform.
Don't jump onto (=into) the bus while it's moving.
Pour the syrup on to the egg mixture.
The car rolled over onto its side.
down/out/up etc onto sth
Let's get back onto the highway.
2.) used to say that a room, door, or window faces towards something or allows movement into another place
The dining room looks out onto a pretty garden.
a gate leading on to a broad track
3.) be onto sb informal
a) also get onto sb
especially BrE to speak to someone in order to tell them or ask them something
A number of people have been onto me complaining about the noise.
Get onto the Press Office and find out what's happening.
b) to know that a particular person did something wrong or committed a crime
The police are onto him.
4.) be onto sth informal
a) to have discovered or produced something new and interesting
With the new show, we were onto something big.
be onto a good thing/a winner
I think she's onto a real winner with this song.
b) also get onto sth
to be dealing with something or start dealing with something
I'll get onto it right away.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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