on board

on board
also, onboard


on board

  • be physically on a plane, ship, vehicle, train, or rocket
  • be part of a team or group for a particular purpose
  • be made aware of something for a reason
  • all parties involved agree to participate


  • something installed or provided on transportation

take or get on board

  • decide to accept a suggestion, idea, or plan
  • have someone’s cooperation or support

Example Sentences

  1. Let’s get Phoebe on board for the Madison project. After all, it is her area of expertise.
  2. There were so many containers on board the vessel that it ran into difficulty in a ferocious storm.
  3. Is the bride on board with the new seating plan?
  4. The international flight took off from LAX with 325 passengers on board.
  5. The space station has three experienced astronauts on board at any time.
  6. Richard’s new car is fitted with an onboard Sat-Nav.
  7. Thank goodness there was a buffet service on board because we were starving by the time made it to the station.
  8. The committee members will have a lot to take on board after this month’s meeting.


The phrase was first recorded in the mid-60s, but there doesn’t seem to be any information on the history.


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