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Structurally equivalent to go onward.
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- (intransitive) To continue in extent.
- (intransitive) To continue an action.
- Synonyms: advance, carry on, forthgo, proceed, resume
- I think I've said enough now; I'm not sure I should go on.
- He went on walking even when the policeman told him to stop.
- (intransitive) To proceed.
- 2012, The Onion Book of Known Knowledge, page 63:
- The kid who starts a business selling candy out of his locker always goes on to be a major sleazeball later in life.
- (intransitive) To talk frequently or at great length; to talk about (a subject) in that manner.
- Synonyms: blather, prattle, rabbit; see also Thesaurus:chatter
- Will you stop going on about your stupid holiday.
- Sam goes on and on about Pokémon.
- Don't ask Sam about Pokémon, because he'll go on and on.
- (intransitive) To happen (occur).
- Synonyms: come to pass, take place; see also Thesaurus:happen
- What's going on?
- I really don't want to know what goes on between you and your boyfriend behind closed doors.
- 2022 January 12, Benedict le Vay, “The heroes of Soham...”, in RAIL, number 1948, page 43:
- At the time, with the D-Day invasion of Europe going on, their heroism was hardly noticed. Plenty of other heroes were dying elsewhere. Plenty of bigger bits of history were being made.
talk about a subject frequently or at great length
- Expressing that the speaker can continue speaking without interruption from the listener.
- Go on! You were saying about those other ones too?
- Expressing surprise, disbelief or incredulity.
- (especially Australia, New Zealand) Expressing encouragement, see come on.
- (especially Britain) Yes; okay; it's a deal.
- —So three hundred on the chair then, and can we do two-fifty on the clock?
—Go on, then.
Structurally equivalent to go upon.
- (transitive) To use and adopt (information) in order to understand an issue, make a decision, etc.
- We can't go on what this map says; it's twenty years out of date.
- I didn't make a decision because I didn't have anything to go on.