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English verb: carry on

1. carry on (social) direct the course of; manage or control

SamplesYou cannot conduct business like this.

Synonymsconduct, deal

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)care, deal, handle, manage

Narrower (hyponym)racketeer

2. carry on (stative) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

SamplesPreserve the peace in the family.
Continue the family tradition.
Carry on the old traditions.

Synonymsbear on, continue, preserve, uphold

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, keep, maintain

Narrower (hyponym)hang in, hang on, hold on, keep up, mummify, perpetuate, persevere, persist, prolong, re-start, restart, resume, sustain

Verb groupcontinue, continue, go along, go forward, go on, keep, proceed, proceed

Antonymscease, discontinue, lay off, quit, stop, give up

3. carry on (communication) continue talking

SamplesI know it's hard,.
But there is no choice.
Carry on--pretend we are not in the room.

Synonymscontinue, go on, proceed

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)speak, talk

Narrower (hyponym)jog, ramble, ramble on, segue

4. carry on (social) misbehave badly; act in a silly or improper way

SamplesThe children acted up when they were not bored.

Synonymsact up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)misbehave, misconduct, misdemean

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