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Meaning of “going on” in the English Dictionary

"going on" in British English

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going onadverb, preposition

uk   us  
(UK also going on for) informal nearly or ​almost (a ​particularnumber, ​age, ​time, or ​amount): It was going on ​midnight when we ​left the ​party. There were going on 200 ​people at ​theirwedding. humorous used for saying that someone ​behaves like a much ​olderperson: "How ​old is Brian?" "30 going on 50."
(Definition of going on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"going on" in American English

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going onpreposition, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɡoʊ·ɪŋˌɑn, -ˌɔn/
nearly; ​almost: Leslie is 16 going on 17.
(Definition of going on from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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