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Definition of go on phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


go on

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1when a performer goes on, they begin their performance She doesn't go on until Act 2.
  2. 2(in sports) to join a team as a substitute during a game Miller went on for Rose just before halftime.
  3. 3when a light, the electricity, etc. goes on, it starts to work Suddenly all the lights went on. opposite go off
  4. 4(of time) to pass She became more and more talkative as the evening went on.
  5. 5be going on to happen What's going on here?
  6. 6if a situation goes on, it continues without changing This cannot be allowed to go on. How much longer will this hot weather go on for? We can't go on like this—we seem to be always arguing.
  7. 7to continue speaking, after a short pause She hesitated for a moment and then went on. + speech “You know,” he went on, “I think my brother could help you.”
  8. 8used to encourage someone to do something Go on! Have another piece of cake! Go on—jump!

go on (ahead)

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to travel in front of someone else You go on ahead—I'll catch up with you in a few minutes.

go on something

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(used in negative sentences and questions) to base an opinion or a judgment on something The police don't have much to go on.

go on (about somebody/something)

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to talk about someone or something for a long time, especially in a boring or complaining way He went on and on about how poor he was. She does go on sometimes!

go on (with something)

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to continue an activity, especially after a pause or break That's enough for now—let's go on with it tomorrow.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: go on