keep on

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

The neighborsasked them to stop making noise, but they kept right on.

Columbuskept on until he saw land.

- Often used before a present participle.

Relentlessly, the boy kept on asking about the birds and the bees.

The boy kept on talking even though the teacher had asked him tostop.

Syn.: GO ON. Compare: KEEP AT, KEEP UP. 2. To allow to continueworking for you.

The new owner kept Fred on as gardener.