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Definition of 'go on'


  1. continue a certain state, condition, or activity; "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"
       Synonyms: continue proceed go along keep
       Antonyms: discontinue
  2. come to pass; "What is happening?"; "The meeting took place off without an incidence"; "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
       Synonyms: happen hap pass off occur pass fall out come about take place
  3. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"
       Synonyms: advance progress pass on move on march on
       Antonyms: recede fall back retire
  4. continue talking; "I know it's hard," he continued, "but there is no choice"; "carry on--pretend we are not in the room"
       Synonyms: continue carry on proceed
  5. start running, functioning, or operating; "the lights went on"; "the computer came up"
       Synonyms: come up come on
       Antonyms: go off

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