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phrasal verb
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present tense
I/you/we/theycarry on
he/she/itcarries on
present participlecarrying on
past tensecarried on
past participlecarried on
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]carry on something to continue doing something
    Carry on. You’re doing fine.
    He moved to London to carry on his work.
    For the moment we’ve been told to carry on as usual.
    carry on with: Just carry on with what you were doing.
    carry on doing something: If you carry on spending money like that, you’ll end up in debt.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to continue going in the same direction
      Turn left at the traffic lights and carry on up the high street.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to continue something that someone else started
      Her daughter intends to carry on her mother’s research.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to behave in an angry, excited, or emotional way
    ‘It’s no good you carrying on, Mother,’ said Sally. ‘I’m not going to marry him.’
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] [usually progressive] old-fashioned, showing disapproval if two people are carrying on, they are having a sexual relationship that you do not approve of
See also main entry: carry

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