Definition of keep on in US English:

keep on

phrasal verb

  • Continue to do (something)

    ‘they would have preferred to keep on working’
    • ‘This was January and I was positive I would be dead by March if I kept on taking drugs.’
    • ‘When she was younger, I kept on telling her to elope and then return to tell everyone she was married.’
    • ‘She kept on trying to talk to me in English even if her vocabulary was pretty limited.’
    • ‘Aware of all the falsity and all the impossibility of the situation, he still kept on applauding!’
    • ‘I kept on waiting until my tummy began to complain and then I shucked on my coat and went out to investigate.’
    • ‘I thought it odd that he kept on going into the soft dunes and not on the harder sand near the water.’
    • ‘He kept on falling over and he got kicked in the ribs, and once in the head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    continue, go on, carry on, persist in, persevere in, keep going with
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