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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 ​biggerhouse. [+ to infinitive] She ​admitted her company's ​responsibility for the ​disaster and went on toexplain how ​compensation would be ​paid to the ​victims. What ​proportion of ​people who are ​HIV-positive go on todevelop (= ​laterdevelop)AIDS? If you go on (= ​continuebehaving) like this, you won't have any ​friendsleft at all.

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  • (OPERATE)

to ​startoperating: 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 ​starttalking again after a ​pause: She ​paused to have a ​sip of ​coffee 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 ​largegarden 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 to ​talk in an ​annoying way about something for a ​longtime: He went on and on until I ​finallyinterrupted him and told him I had to go. 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 me (= ​criticizing me ​repeatedly) about my ​haircut.

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  • (PLEASE DO)

used when ​encouraging someone to do something: Go on, have another ​drink. "I don't really ​feel like ​seeing a ​filmtonight." "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 ​startcold but it should get ​warmer as the ​day goes on. As the ​evening went on, it ​becameclear that we should never have ​agreed to ​see each other again.
(Definition of go on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"go on" in American English

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go on

phrasal verb with go  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present tense goes, present participle going, past tense went  /went/ , past participle gone  /ɡɔn, ɡɑn/ )
to ​continue: I won’t go on ​working in this ​jobforever. Go on, ​tell me what ​happened next. He could go on and on (= ​continuetalking for a ​longtime) about his ​adventures.
(Definition of go on from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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