go1/goʊ/USA pronunciationv.,went/wɛnt/USA pronunciation gone/gɔn, gɑn/USA pronunciation go•ing,n., pl.goes,adj. v.
to move or proceed, esp. to or from something, or to do some activity or for some purpose: [no object]to go home.[~ + object]Are you going my way?[~ + verb-ing]They went shopping.[~ + to + verb]We went to see her last week.
to leave a place; depart:[no object]Please go now; I'm getting tired.
to keep or be in motion; function or operate; work:[no object]I hear the engine going.
to become (the condition as stated):[~ + adjective]He went mad.
to continue in a certain state or condition: [~ + adjective]to go barefoot.[~ + adverb phrase]We went in shorts and tee shirts even in December.
to act as specified:[no object]go full speed ahead.
to act so as to come into a certain state or condition:[~ + to/into]Let's go to sleep.
to be known:[~ + by/under + object]She went by a false name.
to reach or give access to:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]This road goes to the beach.
to pass or elapse; pass by; slip away:[no object]The time went fast.
to be applied or allotted to or used for a particular recipient or purpose:[no object]My money goes for food and rent.
to be sold:[no object]The house went for very little.
to be considered generally or usually:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]He's tall, as jockeys go.
to tend:[~ + to + verb]This only goes to prove the point.
to belong; have a place:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]This book goes here.
to harmonize; be compatible:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]Your shirt and tie go well together.
to fit or extend:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]This belt won't go around my waist.
to be or become consumed or used up:[no object]The cake went fast.
to be or become discarded, thrown away, dismissed, etc.:[no object]That awful jacket has got to go.
to result or end; turn out:[no object]How did the game go?
to develop or proceed:[no object]How is your new job going?
to move or proceed with remarkable speed or energy:[no object]Look at that airplane go!
to make a certain sound:[no object]The gun goes bang.
to be phrased, written, or composed: [no object]How does that song go?[~ + clause]That saying went: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself.''
to fail or give way:[no object]His eyesight is beginning to go.
to die:[no object]She went peacefully in her sleep last night.
to come into action; begin:[no object]Go when you hear the bell.
Mathematics to be or be able to be divided:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]Three goes into fifteen five times.
The phrase be + going + to plus the root form of a verb is used to mean nearly the same things as the word will, that is "to do in the future; to have as one's goal in the future'':We're going to leave soon (= We will leave soon). Their daughter is going to be a doctor (= Their daughter's goal is to be a doctor).
to be allowable:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]Around here, anything goes.
to be the final word:[not: be + ~-ing; no object]Whatever I say goes!
to put oneself through:[no object]Don't go to any trouble.
The root form of go followed directly by the root form of another verb in informal contexts is used to mean "proceed to,'' with the meaning of greater feeling or emotion about the statement:He had to go ask for a loan (= He had to proceed to ask for a loan).
Informal Terms[no object]to urinate or defecate.
Informal Termsto risk, pay, afford, bet, or bid:[~ + object]I'll go you one better.
[~ + object] to occupy oneself with; perform:went about her work with a smile.
go after,[~ + object] to attempt to obtain; try to accomplish; strive for:He went after first prize in the contest.
go against,[~ + object] to be in conflict with or opposed to:Lateness goes against company policy.
go ahead,[no object] to proceed without hesitation or delay:Go ahead and use my car.
go along,[no object]
to agree; cooperate:She'll go along with your decision.
to make progress; move along:The project is going along quite well.
go around,[no object]
to be often in company:went around with a bad crowd.
to pass or circulate:A rumor is going around.
[not: be + ~-ing] to be sufficient for all:There is enough to go around.
[~ + verb-ing] to do or perform (the action of the verb following) often:likes to go around hurting people.
go at,[~ + object]
to assault; attack:went at him with renewed strength.
to begin or proceed vigorously:went at his new job with enthusiasm.
go at it, to fight; argue:They're going at it again.
[no object] to pass:Don't let this chance go by. Several months went by.
[~ + object] to be guided by:He always goes by the book (= He is always guided by the rules).
go down,[no object]
to decrease:The inflation rate went down a little.
to sink:The ship went down.
to suffer defeat:Our team went down for the third time in a row.
to be accepted or believed:His comment didn't go down well.
to be remembered in history or by posterity:He wants to go down as a great leader.
[Slang.]to happen; occur:What's been going down since I've been away?
Education[Brit.]to leave a university, permanently or at the end of a term.
to stop functioning:The computer went down.
go for,[~ + object]
to make an attempt at; try for:to go for a win.
to assault:He went for the man with the gun.
to favor; like:went for him in a big way.
go in for,[~ + object] to occupy oneself with:He goes in for chess.
go into,[~ + object]
to discuss, examine, or investigate:I don't want to go into your private life.
to begin or enter as one's field of study or work:She went into physics quite by accident.
go off,[no object]
to explode:The bomb went off.
to make a loud noise:What time will the alarm go off?
(of what has been expected or planned) to happen:The party went off exactly as we hoped.
to leave, esp. suddenly:He went off with the money.
[no object] to happen or take place:What's going on at the office?
[~ + verb-ing] to continue:Go on working.
to progress; go forward: [no object]The show must go on.[~ + to + object]Those trainees will go on to flying school.[~ + to + verb]She went on to achieve great success on the stage.
[no object] to behave; act:If you go on like that, they'll fire you.
[no object] to talk without stopping; chatter.
The phrase go on is used to express disbelief:Go on, you're kidding me.
Show Business[no object] to appear onstage in a theatrical performance:He went on as Othello.
go out,[no object]
to cease or fail to function:The lights went out.
to participate in social activities:We like to go out on weekends.
to take part in a strike:The drivers' union went out (on strike) last week.
[~ + object] to repeat; review; examine:Let's go over the examples one more time.
[no object] to be effective or successful; to be accepted or believed:The proposal just didn't go over.
[~ + object] to bear; experience:didn't want to go through a divorce.
[~ + object] to examine; search:They went through our records very carefully.
[no object] to be accepted or approved (by):I hear your promotion just went through.
[~ + object] to use up; spend:We went through all this month's money.
go through with,[~ + object] to stay with (something) to the end:She went through with the divorce.
go under,[no object]
to be overwhelmed or ruined; fail:Yet another business went under.
Naval Terms(of a ship) to sink.
go up,[no object]
to be in the process of construction, as a building:Another high-rise building is going up.
to increase in cost, value, etc.:Prices went up again last year.
Education[Brit.]to go to a university at the beginning of a term.
go with,[~ + object][not: be + ~-ing] to harmonize or match:That hat goes with your dress.See go (def. 16).
to have a relationship with:She's going with yet another movie star this month.See go out with below.
to move or proceed, esp. to or from something:They're going by bus.
to leave a place; depart:People were coming and going all the time.
to keep or be in motion; function or perform as required:Can't you go any faster in your work?
to become as specified:to go mad.
to continue in a certain state or condition; be habitually:to go barefoot.
to act as specified:Go warily if he wants to discuss terms.
to act so as to come into a certain state or condition:to go into debt; to go to sleep.
to be known:to go by a false name.
to reach, extend, or give access to:Where does this door go?
to pass or elapse:The time went fast.
to be applied, allotted, awarded, transferred, etc., to a particular recipient or purpose:My money goes for food and rent.
to be sold:I have a bid of two dollars. Going! Going! Gone!
to be considered generally or usually:He's short, as basketball players go.
to conduce or tend:This only goes to prove the point.
to result or end; turn out:How did the game go?
to belong; have a place:This book goes on the top shelf.
(of colors, styles, etc.) to harmonize; be compatible; be suited:Your tweed jacket would go well with these pants.
to fit around or into; be able to be extended, contained, inserted, etc.:This belt won't go around my waist.
to be or become consumed, spent, finished, etc.:The cake went fast.
to be or become discarded, dismissed, put aside, forgotten, etc.:Those practical jokes of yours have got to go!
to develop, progress, or proceed, esp. with reference to success or satisfaction:How is your new job going?
to move or proceed with remarkable speed or energy:Look at that airplane go!
to make a certain sound:The gun goes bang.
to be phrased, written, or composed:How does that song go?
to seek or have recourse for a decision, verdict, corroboration, defense, etc.; resort:to go to court.
to become worn-out, weakened, ineffective, etc.:His eyesight is beginning to go.
to die:The old man went peacefully at 3a.m.
to fail, break, or give way:The dike might go any minute.
to come into action; begin:Go when you hear the bell.
to make up a quantity or content; be requisite:Sixteen ounces go to the pound.
Mathematicsto be able to be divided; be contained as a mathematical element:Three goes into fifteen five times.
to contribute to an end result:the items that go to make up the total.
to have as one's goal; intend (usually used in the present tense, fol. by an infinitive):Their daughter is going to be a doctor.
to be permitted, approved, or the like:Around here, anything goes.
to be authoritative; be the final word:This is my house, and what I say goes!
to subject oneself:Don't go to any trouble.
(used in the infinitive as an intensifier to indicate the idea of proceeding, esp. with the expectation of serious consequences):He finally had to go ask for a loan.
Informal Termsto urinate or defecate.
Informal Termsto endure or tolerate:I can't go his preaching.
Informal Termsto risk, pay, afford, bet, or bid:I'll go fifty dollars for a ticket, but no more.
to move or proceed with or according to; follow:Going my way?
to share or participate in to the extent of (often fol. by a complementary substantive):to go halves.
to yield, produce, weigh as a usable amount, or grow to:This field will go two bales of cotton.
to assume the obligation, responsibility, or function of:His father went bail for him.
Informal Termsto enjoy, appreciate, desire, or want:I could go a big steak dinner right now.
Informal Termsto say; declare (usually used in speech):I asked the clerk for my receipt, and he goes, "You don't need it.''
to occupy oneself with; perform:The shoemaker goes about his work with a smile.
[Naut.]to change course by tacking or wearing.
go after, to attempt to obtain; strive for:You'll never get what you want if you don't go after it energetically.
go against, to be in conflict with or opposed to:It goes against the company's policy.
go ahead, to proceed without hesitation or delay:If you want to use my car, go ahead.
to move or proceed.
to accompany in travel.
to agree; concur:I can't go along with you on that idea.
Idiomsgo and, to be so thoughtless, unfortunate, or silly as to:It was going to be a surprise but he went and told her.
Idiomsgo ape over or for. See ape (def. 6).
to be often in company (often fol. by with):to go around with a bad crowd.
to be sufficient for all:Is there enough food to go around?
to pass or circulate, as in transmission or communication:The rumor is going around that he was forced to resign.
to assault; attack.
to begin or proceed vigorously:to go at one's work with a will.
go back on. See back2 (def. 9).
Idiomsgo bananas. See bananas (def. 2).
to be disregarded or not taken advantage of:Don't let this chance go by.
to be guided by or to rely upon:Don't go by what she says.
to decrease or subside, as in amount or size:Prices went down. The swelling is going down.
to descend or sink:When does the sun go down?
to suffer defeat:to go down fighting.
to be accepted or believed:This nonsense goes down as truth with many persons.
to admit of being consumed:This food goes down easily.
to be remembered in history or by posterity.
[Slang.]to happen; occur:What's been going down since I've been away?
British Termsto leave a university, permanently or at the end of a term.
Games[Bridge.]to fall short of making one's contract.
Slang (vulgar). to perform fellatio or cunnilingus.
go down on,Slang (vulgar). to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on.
to make an attempt at; try for:He is going for the championship.
to favor; like:It simply isn't the kind of life you would go for.
to be used for the purpose of or be a substitute for:material that goes for silk.
Idiomsgo for broke. See broke (def. 7).
go for it,[Informal.]to pursue a goal with determination.
go in for:
to adopt as one's particular interest; approve of; like.
to occupy oneself with; engage in:Europeans in increasing numbers are going in for camping.
to discuss or investigate:Let's not go into the question of whose fault it was.
to undertake as one's study or work:to go into medicine.
go in with, to join in a partnership or union; combine with:He asked me to go in with him on the purchase of a boat.
Idiomsgo it alone, to act or proceed independently, without assistance, companionship, or the like:If you don't want to form a partnership, I'll go it alone.
go native. See native (def. 18).
to explode, fire, or perform or begin to function abruptly:A gun went off in the distance.
(of what has been expected or planned) to happen:The interview went off very badly.
to leave, esp. suddenly:She went off without saying goodbye.
[Slang.]to experience orgasm.
to happen or take place:What's going on here?
to continue:Go on working.
to behave; act:Don't go on like that!
to talk effusively; chatter.
(used to express disbelief ):Go on, you're kidding me.
to appear onstage in a theatrical performance:I go on in the middle of the second act.
to come to an end, esp. to fade in popularity:Silent movies went out as soon as the talkies were perfected.
to cease or fail to function:The lights went out.
to participate in social activities, on dates, etc.
to take part in a strike:The printers went out yesterday in a contract dispute.
Games[Rummy.]to dispose of the last card in one's hand by melding it on the table.
Games[Cards.]to achieve a point score equal to or above the score necessary to win the game.
to repeat; review.
to be effective or successful:The proposal went over very well with the trustees.
to examine:The mechanic went over the car but found nothing wrong.
to read; scan.
Idiomsgo the whole hog, to do something thoroughly or consistently:If you're getting a new amplifier, why don't you go the whole hog and get new speakers and a turntable, too?
to bear; experience.
to examine or search carefully:He went through all of his things but couldn't find the letter.
to be successful; be accepted or approved:The proposed appropriation will never go through.
to use up; spend completely:He went through his allowance in one day.
go through with, to persevere with to the end; bring to completion:It was perhaps the biggest challenge of her life, and she resolved to go through with it.
you don't say! I don't believe you!
let's do it! come on!
to be appropriate or harmonious:The rug and curtains don't go together.
[Informal.]to keep company; date; court:They have gone together for two years.
go to it,[Informal.]to begin vigorously and at once.
to be overwhelmed or ruined; fail.
(of a ship) to founder.
to be in the process of construction, as a building.
to increase in cost, value, etc.
to forget one's lines during a theatrical performance.
British Termsto go to a university at the beginning of a term.
go with,[Informal.]to keep company with; court; date:He went with her for two semesters.Also, go out with.
to release one's grasp or hold:Please let go of my arm.
to free; release.
to cease to employ; dismiss:Business was slack and many employees were let go.
to become unrestrained; abandon inhibitions:She'd be good fun if she would just let go and enjoy herself.
to dismiss; forget; discard:Once he has an idea, he never lets go of it.
Idiomslet go with, to express or utter with abandon:He let go with a sudden yell.
Idiomslet oneself go, to free oneself of inhibitions or restraint:Let yourself go and get mad once in a while.
to go,[Informal.](of food) for consumption off the premises where sold:coffee to go.
the act of going:the come and go of the seasons.
energy, spirit, or animation:a man with a lot of go.
a try at something; attempt:to have a go at winning the prize.
a successful accomplishment; success:to make a go of a new business.
[Informal.]a business agreement; deal; bargain:Thirty dollars? It's a go.
[Informal.]approval or permission, as to undertake or begin something:The boss gave us the go on the new project.
Sport[Boxing.]a bout:the main go.
Idiomsfrom the word "go,'' from the very start; since the beginning.
futile; useless:We tried to get there by noon, but it was no go.
not authorized or approved to proceed; canceled or aborted:Tomorrow's satellite launching is no go.
Idiomson the go:
very busy; active:She's always on the go.
while going from place to place; while traveling.
(in calling the start of a race) start the race; leave the starting line:On your mark! Get set! Go!
functioning properly:two minutes before the satellite is to be launched and all systems are go.
bef. 900; Middle English gon, Old English gān; cognate with Old High German gēn, German gehen
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged walk, run, travel, advance.
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stay.
Gamesa Japanese game for two persons, played on a board having 361 intersections on which black and white stones or counters are alternately placed, the object being to block off and capture the opponent's stones and control the larger part of the board. Also called I-go.
Middle Chinese, equivalent. to Chinese gí name for various board games