Definition of carry on in English:

carry on

1Continue an activity or task: carry on with what you were doing
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  • 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.
continue, keep (on), go on; persist in, persevere in, stick with/at
1.1chiefly British Continue to move in the same direction: I knew I was going the wrong way, but I just carried on
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  • 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.
2 informal Behave, especially speak, in an excited or bad-tempered way: she carries on about television programming
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  • 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.
misbehave, behave badly, get up to mischief, cause trouble, get up to no good, be naughty; clown around, fool around, mess around, act up
3 informal Be engaged in a love affair, typically one of which the speaker disapproves: she was carrying on with young Adam
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  • 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.
have an affair, commit adultery, have a fling, play around, mess around, fool around
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