Definition of Go on
1. Verb. Continue a certain state, condition, or activity. "They go on moving "; "We went on working until well past midnight"
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Related verbs: Bear On, Carry On, Continue, Preserve, Uphold, Continue
Specialized synonyms: Hold, Keep Going, Run On, Ride
Derivative terms: Continuance, Continuation, Continuation
2. Verb. Come to pass. "Nothing occurred that seemed important"
Specialized synonyms: Break, Develop, Recrudesce, Arise, Come Up, Result, Intervene, Transpire, Give, Operate, Supervene, Go, Proceed, Come, Fall, Anticipate, Develop, Recur, Repeat, Come Off, Go Off, Go Over, Come Around, Roll Around, Happen, Materialise, Materialize, Bechance, Befall, Happen, Bechance, Befall, Betide, Coincide, Concur, Backfire, Backlash, Recoil, Chance, Break, Fall, Shine, Strike, Turn Out, Contemporise, Contemporize, Synchronise, Synchronize
Derivative terms: Hap, Happening
3. Verb. Move forward, also in the metaphorical sense. "The water go ons "; "Time marches on"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Forge, Penetrate, Creep Up, Sneak Up, Encroach, Impinge, Infringe, Plough On, Press On, Push On, String, String Along, Overhaul, Overtake, Pass, Close In, Draw In, Edge, Inch, Rachet Up, Ratchet, Ratchet Down, Elapse, Glide By, Go Along, Go By, Lapse, Pass, Slide By, Slip Away, Slip By
Derivative terms: Advance, Advance, Advancement, Advancer, Progress, Progress, Progression
4. Verb. Continue talking. "Carry on--pretend we are not in the room"
Specialized synonyms: Segue, Jog, Ramble, Ramble On
Generic synonyms: Speak, Talk
Derivative terms: Continuation, Continuation
5. Verb. Start running, functioning, or operating. "The computer came up"
Definition of Go on
1. Verb. (&lit go on) ¹
2. Verb. To continue in extent. ¹
3. Verb. To continue an action. ¹
4. Verb. To talk about a subject frequently or at great length. ¹
5. Verb. To use and adopt (information) in order to understand an issue, make a decision, etc. ¹
6. Verb. To happen (gloss occur). ¹
7. Interjection. Expresses surprise, disbelief or incredulity. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Go On
Literary usage of Go on
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"... that she might go on speaking, her large tear-filled eyes looking at his very simply, while she said, in a sobbing, child-like way, "We could live quite ..."
2. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"You may go on living here. But I think of by-and-by settling a good sum on you and the children, and you can live where you like. There will be nothing for ..."