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"

Exact synonyms: Continue, Go Along, Keep, Proceed
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
Antonyms: Discontinue

2. Verb. Come to pass. "Nothing occurred that seemed important"

3. Verb. Move forward, also in the metaphorical sense. "The water go ons "; "Time marches on"

4. Verb. Continue talking. "Carry on--pretend we are not in the room"
Exact synonyms: Carry On, Continue, Proceed
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"
Exact synonyms: Come On, Come Up
Generic synonyms: Get Going, Go, Start
Antonyms: Go Off

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

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Go On

go kaflooey
go large
go mad
go moggy
go native
go nowhere
go nuts
go off
go off at half-cock
go off at score
go off half-cocked
go off into the weeds
go off on one
go off the boil
go off the reservation
go on (current term)
go out
go out like a light
go out of one's way
go out on a limb
go out the window
go over
go over like a lead balloon
go over someone's head
go overboard
go past
go pear-shaped
go pear shaped
go pearshaped
go pee

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 ..."

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