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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo on
he/she/itgoes on
present participlegoing on
past tensewent on
past participlegone on
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to continue happening or doing something as before

    The meeting went on a lot longer than I expected.

    We can’t go on like this any more. Things have got to change.

    go on with:

    Burton smiled and went on with his work.

    go on doing something:

    She can’t go on pretending that everything is fine when it clearly isn’t.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to happen

    I wonder what’s going on next door – they’re making a lot of noise.

  3. 3
    [transitive]go on something to start doing a particular activity or being in a particular state
    go on holiday/a cruise/trip/tour etc:

    We’re going on holiday next week.

    go on strike (=stop working as a protest):

    Workers voted by a large majority to go on strike.

    go on sale/display:

    It will go on sale this summer.

    go on a diet:

    I really must go on a diet!

    1. a.
      go on something to start taking a particular medicine or drug

      He needs to go on stronger medication.

  4. 5
    [intransitive] to talk so much that people become bored or annoyed

    You do go on, don’t you?

    go on about:

    She tends to go on about how clever her children are.

    go on and on (about something):

    He went on and on about (=talked for a long time) me being late for work again.

    1. a.
      to start talking again after a pause or interruption

      Please go on – I didn’t mean to interrupt you.

      go on with:

      He encouraged her to go on with her story.

  5. 6
    [intransitive] to do something after doing something else
    go on to:

    When you finish the first section of the test, go on to the next.

    go on to do something:

    They eventually went on to win the championship.

    1. a.
      to go to another place after going somewhere
      go on to:

      After Moscow, we went on to St Petersburg for a couple of days.

  6. 8
    [transitive]go on something to base an opinion or decision on something

    Since there were no witnesses, the police had little to go on.

  7. 9
    [intransitive] to go to a place before someone else who you are with

    Why don’t you go on without me?

  8. 10
    [intransitive/transitive] to walk onto a stage to begin your part in a performance

    I don’t go on until the final act.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to walk onto a sports field in order to replace a member of your team

      Owen went on in the 75th minute.

  9. 12
    go on (the) TV/radio to decide to appear on television/radio in order to say something

    The President went on television to appeal for calm.

  10. 13
    going on (for) something almost a particular age, time, or amount

    Tina is six, going on seven.

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