Definition of “carry on” - English Dictionary

“carry on” in British English

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carry on

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

(HAVE SEX)

old-fashioned informal to have a sexual relationship:

Is it true that Rachel and Marcus have been carrying on (with each other) ?

carry-onnoun

uk /ˈkær.i.ɒn/ us /ˈker.i.ɑːn/

carry-onadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈkær.i.ɒn/ us /ˈker.i.ɑːn/ mainly US

(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

(BEHAVE)

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 overhead compartments.

(Definition of “carry on” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)