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go on

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)

(HAPPEN)

B1 to happen: I'm sure we never hear about a lot of what goes on in government. This war has been going on for years.
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(CONTINUE)

B1 to continue or move to the next thing: Please go on with what you're doing and don't let us interrupt you. [+ -ing verb] We really can't go on living like this - we'll have to find a bigger house. [+ to infinitive] She admitted her company's responsibility for the disaster and went on to explain how compensation would be paid to the victims. What proportion of people who are HIV-positive go on to develop (= later develop) AIDS? If you go on (= continue behaving) like this you won't have any friends left at all.
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(OPERATE)

to start operating: The spotlights go on automatically when an intruder is detected in the garden. When does the heating go on?
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(TALK AGAIN)

B2 to start talking again after a pause: She paused to light another cigarette and then went on with her account of the accident. [+ speech] "What I want more than anything else," he went on, "is a house in the country with a large garden for the children to play in." informal something that you say to encourage someone to say or do something: Go on, what happened next?
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(TALK A LOT)

C2 UK to talk in an annoying way about something for a long time: I just wish he'd stop going on about how brilliant his daughter is." "Yes, he does go on (a bit), doesn't he?" I wish you'd stop going on at (= criticizing repeatedly) me about my haircut.
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(PLEASE DO)

used when encouraging or asking someone to do something: Go on, have another drink. "I don't really feel like seeing a film tonight." "Oh go on. We haven't been to the cinema for ages."
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(AGREE)

informal something that you say in order to agree to do or allow something that you did not want to do or to allow before: "Are you sure you don't want another slice of cake?" "Oh go on then, but just a small one."

(TIME)

to continue or pass: Tomorrow will start cold but it should get warmer as the day goes on. As the evening went on it became clear that we should never have agreed to see each other again.

(NOT BELIEVE)

go on! mainly UK old-fashioned used when you do not believe someone
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