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Phrasal verbs with 'ON'

Bring on – to make something bad happen

He brought it all on himself by being rude to others.

Call on somebody – to ask someone to do something

I'm calling on you to do your job properly.

Carry on – continue doing something

Carry on walking, don't stop!

Dwell on something – to keep thinking or talking about something

She likes to dwell on her success.

Get on with somebody – have a good relationship with

I'm trying to get on well with everybody at work.

Get on with something – to start or continue doing something

Get on with cleaning your bedroom, will you?

Go on – to happen

Nobody knows what goes on behind the closed doors.

Go on about – to talk about something for a long time

She always goes on about her successful daughter. It's really annoying.

Hold on to something – to keep something you have

Hold on to your ticket until you leave the bus.

Keep on – to continue without stopping

It was hard to keep on reading with all the distraction about.

Move on – move to a new place

We had enough of Paris so we decided to move on.

Move on – to start a new activity

After doing my job for 5 years I felt it was time to move on

Put on – about clothes, make-up, glasses, etc.

It took her ages to put on her new dress and make-up.

Put on – play a CD, DVD

I came home and put my favourite CD on to relax.

Put on weight – gain weight, become heavier

I think he has put on some weight since the last time I saw him.

Try on – clothes in a shop

Go and try this on before you buy it.

Turn/switch on – make it to work

When I get in the car I always turn the radio on before I drive off.

It's getting dark, switch the lights on, please.

Turn on somebody – start criticizing unexpectedly

Out of a sudden they turned on me for making a silly mistake.

Turn somebody on – make somebody excited, aroused (informal)

Slow romantic music really turns her on.