go on

Primary Meanings of go on

1.
v
move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
2.
v
come to pass
3.
v
continue a certain state, condition, or activity
4.
v
start running, functioning, or operating
Full Definitions of go on
1

v move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

Synonyms:
advance, march on, move on, pass on, progress
Antonyms:
draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw
pull back or move away or backward
back away, back out, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw
make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity
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forge
move ahead steadily
penetrate
make one's way deeper into or through
creep up, sneak up
advance stealthily or unnoticed
encroach, impinge, infringe
advance beyond the usual limit
plough on, press on, push on
continue moving forward
string, string along
move or come along
overhaul, overtake, pass
travel past
close in, draw in
advance or converge on
edge, inch
advance slowly, as if by inches
rachet up, ratchet, ratchet down
move by degrees in one direction only
elapse, glide by, go along, go by, lapse, pass, slide by, slip away, slip by
pass by
get by
pass or move in front of
fell, fly, vanish
pass away rapidly
clear, top
pass by, over, or under without making contact
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
2

v come to pass

Synonyms:
come about, fall out, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
Types:
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break, develop, recrudesce
happen
arise, come up
result or issue
result
come about or follow as a consequence
intervene
occur between other event or between certain points of time
transpire
come about, happen, or occur
give
occur
operate
happen
supervene
take place as an additional or unexpected development
go, proceed
follow a certain course
come
come to pass; arrive, as in due course
fall
occur at a specified time or place
anticipate
be a forerunner of or occur earlier than
develop
be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest
recur, repeat
happen or occur again
come off, go off, go over
happen in a particular manner
come around, roll around
happen regularly
happen, materialise, materialize
come into being; become reality
bechance, befall, happen
happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance
bechance, befall, betide
become of; happen to
coincide, concur
happen simultaneously
backfire, backlash, recoil
come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
chance
be the case by chance
break
happen or take place
fall, shine, strike
touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
turn out
prove to be in the result or end
contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize
happen at the same time
drag, drag on, drag out
proceed for an extended period of time
descend, fall, settle
come as if by falling
iterate
run or be performed again
cycle
recur in repeating sequences
condense
develop due to condensation
appear, come out
be issued or published
open, open up
become available
happen
chance to be or do something, without intention or causation
come, do, fare, get along, make out
proceed or get along
come up
be mentioned
3

v continue a certain state, condition, or activity

“We went on working until well past midnight”
Synonyms:
continue, go along, keep, proceed
bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
continue
continue after an interruption
Antonyms:
discontinue
come to or be at an end
Types:
hold
remain in a certain state, position, or condition
keep going, run on
continue uninterrupted
ride
continue undisturbed and without interference
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v continue talking

Synonyms:
carry on, continue, proceed
Types:
segue
proceed without interruption; in music or talk
jog, ramble, ramble on
continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with
4

v start running, functioning, or operating

“the lights went on
Synonyms:
come on, come up
Antonyms:
go off
stop running, functioning, or operating
Type of:
get going, go, start
begin or set in motion

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