keep on

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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to not turn off)
a. dejar prendido
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
We'll be asleep by the time you get home, but we'll keep a light on for you.Estaremos dormidos cuando llegues a casa, pero te dejaremos una luz prendida.
b. dejar encendido
It drives me nuts that my family keeps the TV on all day.Me vuelve loco que mi familia deja la tele encendida todo el día.
2. (clothing)
a. dejarse puesto
"You can keep your socks and underpants on," said the doctor."Puede dejarse puestos los calcetines y los calzoncillos", dijo el doctor.
b. no quitarse
You should keep your jacket on; we're going right back out again.No deberías quitarte la chaqueta; ahorita vamos a volver a salir.
3. (to not fire)
a. seguir empleando
They decided not to keep Albert on after his violation of the confidentiality agreement.Decidieron no seguir empleando a Albert después de la violación al acuerdo de confidencialidad.
4. (to do something continuously)
a. seguir
Lourdes didn't take the hint, so she just kept on talking for another 45 minutes.Lourdes no entendió la indirecta, así que siguió hablando durante otros 45 minutos.
b. continuar
If it keeps on raining, the levee might break.Si continua lloviendo, el dique podría romperse.
5. (to do many times)
a. no dejar de
Vicky is getting annoyed that Diego keeps on asking her out every time he sees her.Vicky se está fastidiando de que Diego no deja de invitarla a salir cada vez que la ve.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
6. (to talk a lot)
a. no parar de hablar
Lorena kept on about her many accomplishments as if we didn't already know.Lorena no paraba de hablar de sus muchos logros como si no lo supiéramos ya.
b. no hacer más que hablar
Alicia gets a bit annoying when her friend keeps on about how wonderful her son is.Alicia se vuelve un poco fastidiosa cuando su amiga no hace más que hablar de lo maravilloso que es su hijo.
7. (to insist)
a. insistir sobre
My boss is always keeping on about our deadlines.Mi jefe siempre está insistiendo sobre nuestros plazos.
8. (to nag)
a. seguir machacando
My parents kept on about me going to law school until I gave in.Mis padres me siguieron machacando para que ingresara a la facultad de derecho hasta que cedí.
b. dar lata
Why do you have to keep on at me about my grades, Mom? I'm working as hard as I can.¿Por qué tienes que darme lata sobre mis calificaciones, mamá? Estoy haciendo lo mejor que puedo.
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keep on
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (not take off)
a. dejarse puesto(a)
2. (not switch off)
a. dejar encendido(a) or
b. prendido(a)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
3. (continue to employ)
a. mantener en el puesto
4. (colloquial)
a.
k your hair on!¡no te sulfures!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (general)
a. continuar, seguir
to k on doing somethingseguir haciendo algo
she kept on getting into troublesiempre se estaba metiendo en líos
to k on about somethinginsistir sobre algo
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keep on
transitive verb
1 (not take off) [+hat, coat, gloves] no quitarse
2 (not turn off) [+light] dejar encendido; dejar prendido; (LAm)
3 (retain) [+house] conservar
can we afford to keep her on?
4 (continue employing)
they kept him on for years siguieron empleándole durante muchos años
verb:transitive:plus_preposition
(restrict to)
keep him on light foods for the next few days que solo tome alimentos ligeros en los próximos días; he was kept on bread and water for three days durante tres días solo le dieron pan y agua; le tuvieron a pan y agua durante tres días
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (continue) seguir; continuar
to keep on doing sth (ceaselessly) seguir or continuar haciendo algo; (repeatedly) no dejar de hacer algo; he keeps on hoping no pierde la esperanza; sigue teniendo esperanzas; keep on along this road until ... siga por esta carretera hasta ...; he keeps on ringing me up no deja de llamarme por teléfono; she keeps on having migraines tiene contínuos ataques de migraña
2 (talk)
she does keep on no para de hablar
she's very takative to keep on [about] sth
she keeps on about how much money they've got no hace mas que hablar or siempre está hablando de todo el dinero que tienen
he keeps on about her being stupid no hace más que decir que es una estúpida
don't keep on so! don't keep on about it!
3 (nag)
she does keep on es muy machacona (informal)
he kept on about me being selfish siguió dale que te pego con que soy egoísta (informal)
to keep on (at sb) about sth
she keeps on at me about my cheap clothes siempre me está dando la lata con que llevo ropa barata (informal)
I kept on at him about the leaking tap le dije una y otra vez lo del grifo que perdía agua; she keeps on at him to look for a job le está siempre insistiendo que busque un trabajo
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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