carry on Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “carry on” in the English Dictionary

"carry on" in British English

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carry on

phrasal verb with carry uk   /ˈkær.i/  us   /ˈker-/ verb


informal to ​behave in an ​uncontrolled, ​excited, or anxious (= ​worried and ​nervous) way: The ​children have been ​carrying on all ​day.


old-fashioned informal to have a ​sexualrelationship: Is it ​true that Rachel and Marcus have been ​carrying on (with each other) ?


uk   /ˈkær.i.ɒn/  us   /ˈker.i.ɑːn/

carry-on noun (BEHAVIOUR)

[S] UK informal behaviour that ​shows you are ​annoyed, ​worried, not ​satisfied, or ​excited, usually more than the ​situationdeserves: There was a ​real carry-on when Pat was ​foundkissing Ashley.

carry-on noun (BAGGAGE)

[C] (plural carry-ons) mainly US a ​smallcase or ​bag that you take onto a ​plane with you

carry-onadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈkær.i.ɒn/  us   /ˈker.i.ɑːn/ mainly US
relating to things that you take onto a ​plane with you: All carry-on baggage must be ​stored under ​yourseat or in the ​overheadcompartments.
(Definition of carry on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carry on" in American English

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carry on

phrasal verb with carry  us   /ˈkær·i/ verb


to ​behave in an ​excited or ​anxious way that is not ​controlled: The ​kids have been carrying on all ​day.

carry-onadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈkær·iˌɔn, ˌɑn/
small enough to be ​carried onto an ​aircraft with you: All carry-on ​luggage must be ​stowed under the ​seat in ​front of you or in one of the ​overheadcompartments.
(Definition of carry on from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “carry on”
in Arabic يَستَمِرّ…
in Korean 계속 -하다…
in Portuguese continuar, dar prosseguimento…
in Catalan continuar…
in Japanese ~を続ける…
in Chinese (Simplified) 行为, 胡闹,大吵大闹…
in Turkish devam etmek, ilerlemek…
in Russian продолжать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 行為, 胡鬧,大吵大鬧…
in Italian portare avanti, andare avanti, continuare…
in Polish kontynuować…
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