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English verb: go on

1. go on (stative) continue a certain state, condition, or activity

SamplesKeep on working!.
We continued to work into the night.
Keep smiling.
We went on working until well past midnight.

ExamplesThey go on moving

Synonymscontinue, go along, keep, proceed

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)hold, keep going, ride, run on

Verb groupbear on, carry on, continue, continue, preserve, uphold


2. go on (change) come to pass

SamplesWhat is happening?.
The meeting took place off without an incidence.
Nothing occurred that seemed important.

Synonymscome about, fall out, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
It ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)anticipate, arise, backfire, backlash, bechance, bechance, befall, befall, betide, break, break, chance, coincide, come, come around, come off, come up, concur, contemporise, contemporize, develop, develop, fall, fall, give, go, go off, go over, happen, happen, intervene, materialise, materialize, operate, proceed, recoil, recrudesce, recur, repeat, result, roll around, shine, strike, supervene, synchronise, synchronize, transpire, turn out

3. go on (motion) move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

SamplesTime marches on.

Synonymsadvance, march on, move on, pass on, progress

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)close in, creep up, draw in, edge, elapse, encroach, forge, glide by, go along, go by, impinge, inch, infringe, lapse, overhaul, overtake, pass, pass, penetrate, plough on, press on, push on, rachet up, ratchet, ratchet down, slide by, slip away, slip by, sneak up, string, string along

Antonymsdraw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retreat, withdraw, retire

4. go on (communication) continue talking

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

Synonymscarry on, continue, proceed

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

Broader (hypernym)speak, talk

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

5. go on (contact) start running, functioning, or operating

SamplesThe lights went on.
The computer came up.

Synonymscome on, come up

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)get going, go, start

Antonymsgo off

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