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Go on.

 
1. Lit. Please continue. Alice: I guess I should stop here. Tom: No. Don't stop talking. I'm very interested. Go on. Bill: Don't turn here. Go on. It's the next corner. Bob: Thanks. I didn't think that was where we should turn.
2. Lit. to happen. What went on here last night? The teacher asked what was going on.
3. Fig. That's silly!; You don't mean that! (Usually Go on!) John: Go on! You're making that up! Bill: I am not. It's the truth! Bill: Gee, that looks like a snake there in the path. Bob: Go on! That isn't a snake. No snake is that big.
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go on (and on) (about someone or something)

to talk endlessly about someone or something. She just went on and on about her new car. Albert went on about the book for a long time.
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go on (at someone)

to rave at someone. He must have gone on at her for ten minutes—screaming and waving his arms. I wish you would stop going on at me.
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go on something

 
1. Lit. to begin something, such as a diet, rampage, drunk, etc. I went on a diet for the second time this month. Fred went on a rampage and broke a window.
2. Fig. to start acting on some information. We can't go on this! We need more information before we can act on this matter! Can you please give us more information to go on?
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go on

1. to continue We can't go on living in such a small house.
Usage notes: sometimes used to encourage someone to continue: Go on, tell me what happened next!
2. to happen We had to make sure we understood what was going on. She wants to know everything that goes on in Europe.
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go on

1. Happen, take place, as in What's going on here? [Early 1700s]
2. Continue, as in The show must go on. [Late 1500s]
3. Keep on doing; also, proceed, as in He went on talking, or She may go on to become a partner. [Second half of 1600s]
4. Act, behave, especially badly. For example, Don't go on like that; stop kicking the dog. [Second half of 1700s]
5. Also, go on and on; run on. Talk volubly, chatter, especially tiresomely. For example, How she does go on! The first usage dates from the mid-1800s; run on appeared in Nicholas Udall's Ralph Roister Doister (c. 1553): "Yet your tongue can run on."
6. An interjection expressing disbelief, surprise, or the like, as in Go on, you must be joking! [Late 1800s]
7. Approach; see going on.
8. Use as a starting point or as evidence, as in The investigator doesn't have much to go on in this case. [Mid-1900s]
9. go on something. Begin something, as in go on line, meaning "start to use a computer," or go on a binge, meaning "begin to overdo, especially drink or eat too much."
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go on

v.
1. To move forward; proceed: The train went on down the tracks. We were tired of walking, but we went on anyway.
2. To put oneself on some surface: I went on the roof to fix the leak.
3. To connect with some computer or computer network: You can go on the Internet to find rare books.
4. To stretch or extend from a place. Used of paths of motion: This road goes on from here through many more towns before reaching the ocean. The river goes on to the lake. The desert goes on for miles in every direction.
5. To use something as a mode of conveyance: The buses weren't running, so I went on the train.
6. To embark on some trip, excursion, or similar activity: My kids went on a hike. I have always wanted to go on a safari. Let's go on a roller coaster ride.
7. To be carried away by some emotionally charged activity: The killer went on a rampage. The reporter remarked about the deranged person who went on a shooting spree.
8. To take place; happen: What is going on in that noisy room? There is a lot going on in the market. I couldn't go to the meeting, so please tell me what went on.
9. To continue: The speech went on for almost an hour. The temperature will fall as the day goes on. If they go on fighting like this, there will be nothing left when the war is over.
10. To continue doing something: I can't go on arguing with you every day. I'm sorry I interrupted you—please go on. We walked until we couldn't go on any longer.
11. To make an appearance on some public medium, such as a stage or television broadcast: The actor went on TV to help raise money for the charity. You should dress quickly for your performance—you go on in half an hour.
12. To begin. Used especially of performances or broadcasts: The show goes on at 6:00. The show first went on the air in 1972.
13. To begin to operate. Used especially of lights and other electrical devices: After the movie was over, the lights went on.
14. To begin taking some drug or medication regularly: I went on a mild painkiller after the operation.
15. To do something. Used as a command or encouragement: Go on, have another drink.
16. To proceed to some place: We went on to the next exhibition. After a brief stay in Moscow, we went on to St. Petersburg. After high school I went on to a two-year college. The winner of this match will go on to the third round.
17. To proceed to do something next, often later in life: Without pausing, she went on to talk about the mountains. He went on to become a senator years later. The winner of this match will go on to face the champion.
18. To base one's judgment on something; go by something: Going on the few symptoms that we could observe, we were able to diagnose the patient. Without a witness, the police had nothing to go on.
19. To talk continuously; rattle on: Every time we see them, they go on about their child's good grades. Do you have to go on like that?
20. To stop telling stories that are not believed or are considered preposterous. Used only as a command: Now go on—you know there are no such things as dragons.
21. To be close to some age. Used only in the progressive: My sister is going on 23. I was going on 10 when I changed schools.
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References in classic literature ?
We sleep like dead people, and in the morning get up like dead people out of their graves and go on along the trail.
And always do I get up by myself, and help them up, and make the dogs go on.
The tears are ice upon her cheeks, and her breath makes a noise as it comes and goes, and she says, 'Let us go on.
Then we, too, leave our dogs and go on alone across the snow.
In this condition, hardened by success, and resolving to go on, I fell into the snare in which I was appointed to meet with my last reward for this kind of life.
Passionate about the social and economic benefits that being online brings, Martha isn't just talking about improving people's digital lives, she's doing it, having founded her Go ON UK charity.
Lloyds Banking Group is a founder member of Go ON UK - an initiative which aims to make the UK the most digitally capable nation.