Definition of carry on in English:

carry on

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phrasal verb

  • 1Continue an activity or task.

    ‘she carried on watching the TV’
    • ‘they just carried on as if nothing has happened’
    • ‘ carry on with what you were doing’
    • ‘With progression of the disease certain adaptations will probably have to be made in order to carry on with day-to-day activities.’
    • ‘We will carry on with the task of building a modern, efficient and collegial university - regardless of irrational rantings.’
    • ‘The vast majority of people rush inside and carry on with their day's activities.’
    • ‘Social activists and volunteer organisers should carry on with their campaign against the perils of tobacco without any let up.’
    • ‘‘I don't know if its popularity will continue but I'd like to carry on with it as a hobby,’ he said.’
    • ‘She is determined to carry on with her school work and has coped really well considering she just wants to be an ordinary teenager.’
    • ‘Mr Franks said: ‘I strongly urge your paper to carry on with your campaign to improve road junctions in that particular area.’’
    • ‘We had to go round to her house to carry on with the treatments.’
    • ‘‘Ultimately I would love to carry on with the hospital work but it's bordering on charity work really,’ he said.’
    • ‘We will carry on with the hard work this year and for as long as we can.’
    continue, keep on, keep, keep at, go on, push on, press on, persist in, persevere in, not stop, maintain
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    1. 1.1carry something on, carry on somethingEngage in an activity.
      ‘he could not carry on a logical conversation’
      • ‘Jesus was not opposed to capitalism and the profit motive, so long as economic activities were carried on outside the temple.’
      • ‘In the case of such companies the place where these activities are carried on can be seen in fact to be the geographical source of the profits these activities yield.’
      • ‘With no economies of scale, all activity would be carried on in hamlets on a household scale to minimize transportation costs.’
      • ‘Archeological finds have produced evidence that all of these commercial activities were carried on in medieval Dublin.’
      • ‘Generally, where a person is established, and where the taxable activity is carried on, that person will be required to register for VAT in the country where those supplies are made.’
      • ‘Each of these thirteen fairs brought different people to the village and a lot of other business was carried on during the day.’
      • ‘At that time piracy was carried on by some of the highest people in the land.’
      • ‘Before the general introduction of steam, and even long afterwards, a regular trade was carried on with the Port of Sligo by small sailing vessels from 80 to 100 tons burden.’
      • ‘He disappeared down the hallway smiling broadly and struggling to carry on a conversation.’
      • ‘Your editor in fact carried on the conversation and asked me for more information.’
      engage in, conduct, undertake, be involved in, take part in, participate in, carry out, perform, direct
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    2. 1.2Continue to move in the same direction.
      ‘I knew I was going the wrong way, but I just carried on’
      • ‘I can safely say that this black dog paid no attention me and simply carried on in the direction it was travelling without even looking at the car.’
      • ‘The bike stopped dead but he carried on moving - flying through the air.’
      • ‘On reaching the pedestrian area three dismounted and one carried on regardless making shoppers move out of her way.’
      • ‘He then nodded slightly and carried on in the direction that they were headed before - north-west.’
      • ‘A 31-year-old woman was on her way to work when a man walking in the opposite direction blocked her path and indecently assaulted her before casually carrying on.’
      • ‘Carry straight on, through Horwich, until you reach Adlington.’
      • ‘Otherwise, carry straight on south, and get to grips with the Devil's Ridge.’
      • ‘At sharp left-hand bend, carry straight on to grassy track.’
      • ‘Kirsten swore at the man for a drunken fool before carrying on again, from her bearing she obviously saw him as nothing more than an annoyance, and this time he knew that was not just an act.’
      continue, keep on, keep, keep at, go on, push on, press on, persist in, persevere in, not stop, maintain
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  • 2 informal Behave in a particular way.

    • ‘they carry on in a very adult fashion’
    • ‘from the way they carry on, you'd never know or guess that they were a couple’
    behave, act, perform, conduct oneself, acquit oneself, bear oneself, carry oneself
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    1. 2.1Behave in an overemotional way.
      ‘she was screaming and carrying on’
      • ‘he's still carrying on about this nonsense’
      • ‘If this is how some people behave in public, Heaven only knows how they carry on in their own homes.’
      • ‘She's always laughing and carrying on and making a fool out of someone.’
      • ‘I really felt like shouting, ‘Don't encourage him - he will just do it more,’ but they did scream and he continued to carry on.’
      • ‘They start behaving like a collection of mad, hydrophobic dogs, carrying on and salivating madly, and trying to bite anybody in sight from the centre-left.’
      misbehave, behave badly, make mischief, get up to mischief, be mischievous, act up, cause trouble, cause a commotion, cause a fuss, be up to no good, get up to no good, be bad, be naughty, clown about, clown around, fool about, fool around, mess about, mess around, act the clown, act the fool, act the goat, act foolishly
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  • 3 informal Be engaged in a love affair, typically one of which the speaker disapproves.

    • ‘she was carrying on with young Adam’
    • ‘I thought it was disrespectful to Madeline who would have disapproved of him carrying on with another woman and worse - not being ashamed of it.’
    • ‘He was banished from TV for life for carrying on with a woman not his wife.’
    • ‘She was also secure enough in her sexuality by the age of 13 to be carrying on with her schoolteacher's wife.’
    • ‘Two, at least, were having a merry time carrying on with their gentlemen in waiting, until they got caught.’
    • ‘At one stage, according to official estimates he was carrying on with six of his colleagues.’
    • ‘His wife is carrying on with the decorator, but he'll be oblivious for months yet.’
    • ‘The first act offers parallel adulteries or near-adulteries by two unacquainted couples, each husband coincidentally carrying on with the other's wife.’
    • ‘His mother is carrying on with a wealthy older man, his father - although his heart may be in the right place - seems ineffectual, and he has a spoiled sister with a fascistic boyfriend.’
    • ‘The biggest shock, however, comes when he discovers that his daughter Alex is carrying on with Carter behind his back.’
    • ‘Without telling me, he signed a new will about a month before he died leaving everything to a girlfriend he had apparently been carrying on with for several years.’
    have an affair, commit adultery, philander, dally, be involved
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