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Definitions and Synonyms of go on | Another word for go on | What is go on?

Definition 1: come to pass - [verb of change]

Samples where go on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for go on in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of go on ) happen

"Report the news as it develops" "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"

(... is a kind of go on ) happen regularly

"Christmas rolled around again"

(... is a kind of go on ) come into being; become reality

"Her dream really materialized"

(... is a kind of go on ) happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance

"It happens that today is my birthday" "These things befell"

(... is a kind of go on ) become of; happen to

"He promised that no harm would befall her" "What has become of my children?"

(... is a kind of go on ) happen simultaneously

"The two events coincided"

(... is a kind of go on ) come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

"Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble" "the political movie backlashed on the Democrats"

(... is a kind of go on ) be the case by chance

"I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"

(... is a kind of go on ) happen or take place

"Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"

(... is a kind of go on ) touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

"Light fell on her face" "The sun shone on the fields" "The light struck the golden necklace" "A strange sound struck my ears"

(... is a kind of go on ) prove to be in the result or end

"It turns out that he was right"

(... is a kind of go on ) happen in a particular manner

"how did your talk go over?"

(... is a kind of go on ) happen or occur again

"This is a recurring story"

(... is a kind of go on ) be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest

"The plot developed slowly"

(... is a kind of go on ) result or issue

"A slight unpleasantness arose from this discussion"

(... is a kind of go on ) come about or follow as a consequence

"nothing will result from this meeting"

(... is a kind of go on ) occur between other event or between certain points of time

"the war intervened between the birth of her two children"

(... is a kind of go on ) come about, happen, or occur

"Several important events transpired last week"

(... is a kind of go on ) occur

"what gives?"

(... is a kind of go on ) take place as an additional or unexpected development

(... is a kind of go on ) follow a certain course

"The inauguration went well" "how did your interview go?"

(... is a kind of go on ) come to pass; arrive, as in due course

"The first success came three days later" "It came as a shock" "Dawn comes early in June"

(... is a kind of go on ) occur at a specified time or place

"Christmas falls on a Monday this year" "The accent falls on the first syllable"

(... is a kind of go on ) be a forerunner of or occur earlier than

"This composition anticipates Impressionism"

(... is a kind of go on ) happen at the same time

Definition 2: continue talking - [verb of communication]

Samples where go on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • `I know it's hard', he continued, `but there is no choice'
  • carry on--pretend we are not in the room

Synonyms for go on in the sense of this definition

(go on is a kind of ...) exchange thoughts; talk with

"We often talk business" "Actions talk louder than words"

(... is a kind of go on ) proceed without interruption; in music or talk

"He segued into another discourse"

(... is a kind of go on ) continue talking or writing in a desultory manner

"This novel rambles on and jogs"

Definition 3: start running, functioning, or operating - [verb of contact]

Samples where go on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the lights went on
  • the computer came up

Synonyms for go on in the sense of this definition

(go on is a kind of ...) begin or set in motion

"I start at eight in the morning" "Ready, set, go!"

Definition 4: move forward, also in the metaphorical sense - [verb of motion]

Samples where go on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Time marches on

Synonyms for go on in the sense of this definition

(go on is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of go on ) move by degrees in one direction only

"a ratcheting lopping tool"

(... is a kind of go on ) advance slowly, as if by inches

"He edged towards the car"

(... is a kind of go on ) advance or converge on

"The police were closing in on him"

(... is a kind of go on ) travel past

"The sports car passed all the trucks"

(... is a kind of go on ) move or come along

(... is a kind of go on ) continue moving forward

(... is a kind of go on ) advance beyond the usual limit

(... is a kind of go on ) advance stealthily or unnoticed

"Age creeps up on you"

(... is a kind of go on ) make one's way deeper into or through

"The hikers did not manage to penetrate the dense forest"

(... is a kind of go on ) move ahead steadily

"He forged ahead"

(... is a kind of go on ) pass by

"three years elapsed"

Definition 5: continue a certain state, condition, or activity - [verb of stative]

Samples where go on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for go on in the sense of this definition

(go on is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of go on ) remain in a certain state, position, or condition

"The weather held" "They held on the road and kept marching"

(... is a kind of go on ) continue uninterrupted

"The disease will run on unchecked" "The party kept going until 4 A.M."

(... is a kind of go on ) continue undisturbed and without interference

"Let it ride"

(go on has a similar meaning as ...) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

"preserve the peace in the family" "continue the family tradition" "Carry on the old traditions"

(go on has a similar meaning as ...) continue after an interruption

"The demonstration continued after a break for lunch"

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