go on

[go on] {v.} 1a. To continue; not stop.

After he was hit by theball, Billy quit pitching and went home, but the game went on.

TheTV picture began to jump, and it went on like that until Father turneda knob.

I asked Jane a question but she went on reading and didn'tanswer.

Mother told Jim to stop, but he went on hitting Susan.

Syn.: KEEP ON. 1b. To continue after a pause; begin with the nextthing.

"Go on! I'm listening," said Mother.

The teacher pointedto the map, and went on, "But the land that Columbus came to was notIndia."

- Often used before an infinitive.

Father said Mother hadgone to the hospital, and went on to say that Grandmother was comingto take care of us.

1c. (Of time:) To pass.

As time went on, Marybegan to wonder if John had forgotten their date.

The years wenton, and Betty's classmates became gray-haired men and women.

2. Tohappen.

Mr. Scott heard the noise and went to see what was going onin the hall.

The teacher knows what goes on when she leaves theroom.

Syn.: TAKE PLACE. 3. To talk for too long, often angrily.

Wethought Jane would never finish going on about the amount of homeworkshe had.

4. To fit on; be able to be worn.

My little brother'scoat wouldn't go on me. It was too small.

5. Stop trying to fool me;I don't believe you. - Used as a command, sometimes with "with".

When Father told Mother she was the prettiest girl in the world.Mother just said, "Oh, go on, Charles."

"Aunt May, your picture isin the paper." "Go on with you, boy!"