Meaning of keep on in English:

keep on

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phrasal verb

  • 1Continue to do something.

    ‘he kept on moving’
    • ‘they would have preferred to keep on working’
    • ‘I kept on waiting until my tummy began to complain and then I shucked on my coat and went out to investigate.’
    • ‘I have always been a bit slow on the uptake, and I just kept on looking at the board and waiting for it to make sense.’
    • ‘I thought it odd that he kept on going into the soft dunes and not on the harder sand near the water.’
    • ‘When she was younger, I kept on telling her to elope and then return to tell everyone she was married.’
    • ‘Aware of all the falsity and all the impossibility of the situation, he still kept on applauding!’
    • ‘He kept on falling over and he got kicked in the ribs, and once in the head.’
    • ‘This was January and I was positive I would be dead by March if I kept on taking drugs.’
    • ‘She kept on trying to talk to me in English even if her vocabulary was pretty limited.’
    • ‘We just let him play in the morning for a while, but he kept on asking when his dad was coming to take him out for presents.’
    • ‘He was challenged by police and ordered to put the weapon down but kept on walking.’
    continue, go on, carry on, persist in, persevere in, keep going with
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  • 2keep someone on, keep on someoneContinue to employ someone.

    ‘we will keep all of them on and set out to surround them with more experienced players next season’
    • ‘Only 31 people have been kept on, to continue with its manufacturing operations until a new owner is found.’
    • ‘In industries that were not heavily unionised, however, some women were kept on - not least because they were cheaper to employ than men.’
    • ‘The worker who lost his job said: ‘In January we were all assessed as to whether we would be kept on by the company - in effect reapplying for our jobs.’’
    • ‘Forty workers were kept on to keep the business going until a sale was secured.’
    • ‘We've heard of other companies where, when contracts expired, people were kept on.’
    • ‘There were 24 redundancies, although seven people were kept on by the administrators to retain the pallet area.’
    • ‘The 21 workers were kept on so the firm could be sold as a going concern by the receivers.’
    • ‘Most of the people he used to work with have been made redundant, but David has been kept on because he's brilliant at his job.’
    • ‘He was made a political correspondent and was kept on by the Telegraph when it took over the Morning Post.’
    • ‘A small number have been kept on to tie up loose ends before it permanently closes its doors next month.’
    continue to employ, keep employing, carry on employing, retain in one's service, not dismiss, not sack, keep in one's employ, retain the services of
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