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- (idiomatic) To continue or proceed as before.
- I'll be gone for a few days, but I hope you will carry on in my absence.
- (idiomatic) To have or maintain.
- It is difficult to carry on a conversation with so many distractions.
- to carry on commerce in a market
- 1897, Mersey, Charles Clive Bigham, A ride through western Asia, London, New York: Macmillan, OCLC 610440920, page 18:
- He carried on a long conversation with the dragoman in Turkish, the upshot of which was that he would give me a "buyuruldu" or special order to go to Sivas, and would provide an escort if the British Consul would send a written guarantee that I was a bona fide traveller.
- 1960 December, Voyageur, “The Mountain Railways of the Bernese Oberland”, in Trains Illustrated, page 755:
- The Schynige Platte Railway carries on its traffic with no more than four electric locomotives (with one steam locomotive in reserve).
- (idiomatic) To talk continuously about, often in an excessively excited way
- He’s always carrying on about his stupid aquarium.
- (idiomatic) To act or behave; especially to misbehave so as to attract attention.
- I really wish you wouldn't carry on like that in public!
- (idiomatic) To have an illicit sexual or flirtatious relationship.
- I thought he was my friend, but all the time he was carrying on with my wife!
- (idiomatic) To take baggage or luggage onto an airplane, rather than check it.
- You may only carry on items that are smaller than a certain size.
- (misbehave): See misbehave
to take baggage or luggage onto an airplane, rather than check it
misbehave — see misbehave