keep on

phrasal verb

kept on; keeping on; keeps on
informal : to continue happening, doing something, working, etc.
The rain kept on throughout the day.
He talked and talked. At one point I thought he would keep on all night.
She kept on talking after I told her to be quiet.
: to continue to have (someone) as an employee
The chef was kept on even after the restaurant was sold.

Examples of keep on in a Sentence

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“Keep on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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