go on

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See also: goon, góon, gōon, go-on, and ĝo-on



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go on (third-person singular simple present goes on, present participle going on, simple past went on, past participle gone on)

  1. To continue in extent.
    The meeting seemed to go on forever.
    Synonyms: endure; see also Thesaurus:persist
  2. To continue an action.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 84:
      She crept up the stairs [...] On she went, across the landing, from which sprang the tall window, and up the next flight until she reached the top.
    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.
    Synonyms: advance, carry on, forthgo, proceed, resume
  3. To proceed.
    He went on to win a gold medal.
    Synonyms: carry on, continue; see also Thesaurus:proceed
  4. To talk about a subject frequently or at great length.
    Will you stop going on about your stupid holiday.
    Sam goes on and on about Pokémon.
    • 2002, Jane Green, Bookends, 2003 trade paperback edition, →ISBN, page 67:
      "I don't believe you." I shake my head. "How on earth did you remember that? I must have told you years ago." []
      "First of all, you go on about it far more than you think you do, [] ."
    Synonyms: blather, prattle, rabbit; see also Thesaurus:chatter
  5. 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    We can't go on what this map says; it's twenty years out of date.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.
  6. To happen (occur).
    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.
    Synonyms: come to pass, take place; see also Thesaurus:happen


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go on

  1. Expressing that the speaker can continue speaking without interruption from the listener.
  2. Expressing surprise, disbelief or incredulity.
    A: He asked Fiona to marry him.
    B: Go on!
    A: It's true, I swear.
    Synonyms: fiddlesticks, go on with you, horsefeathers, pull the other one; see also Thesaurus:bullshit
  3. (Australia, New Zealand) Expressing encouragement, see come on.
    Go on! You can do it!
    Synonyms: attaboy; you go, girl; see also Thesaurus:come on