Definitions for one-on-one

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. consisting of or involving direct individual communication, confrontation, or competition; person-to-person.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. (adv.)in direct encounter.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (n.)a meeting or confrontation between two persons.

Idioms for one-on-one:

  1. go one-on-one with,Sports. to play directly against (an opposing player).

    Category: Idiom, Sport

Origin of one-on-one:

1965–70, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. one-on-one(adj)

    directly between two individuals

    "one-on-one instruction"

  2. one-on-one, man-to-man(adverb)

    being a system of play in which an individual defensive player guards an individual offensive player

    "one-on-one defense"

  3. one-on-one, person-to-person(adverb)

    (of two persons) in direct encounter

    "preferred to settle the matter one-on-one"; "interviewed her person-to-person"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. one-on-one(adjective)ʌn

    involving only two people

    Slower students get one-on-one help.; a chance for students to talk one-on-one with local business people


  1. one-on-one(Noun)

    A contest involving only one player on each side, especially of an activity often involving teams.

  2. one-on-one(Adjective)

    Involving direct communication between two people.

  3. one-on-one(Adjective)

    involving one attacker and one defender


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