keep on

keep on  {v.}
1. To go ahead; not stop; continue.
The neighbors asked them to stop making noise, but they kept right on.
Columbus kept on until he saw land.
- Often used before a present participle.
Relentlessly, the boy kept on asking about the birds and the bees.
The boy kept on talking even though the teacher had asked him to stop.
Syn.: GO ON. Compare: KEEP AT, KEEP UP.
2. To allow to continue working for you.
The new owner kept Fred on as gardener.
Categories: verb

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