1 [goh]
verb (used without object), went, gone, going.
to move or proceed, especially 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, especially 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 3 a.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.
to 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, followed 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, especially with the expectation of serious consequences): He finally had to go ask for a loan.
Informal. to urinate or defecate.
verb (used with object), went, gone, going.
Informal. to endure or tolerate: I can't go his preaching.
Informal. to 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 followed 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. to enjoy, appreciate, desire, or want: I could go a big steak dinner right now.
Informal. to say; declare (usually used in speech): I asked the clerk for my receipt, and he goes, “You don't need it.”
noun, plural goes.
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.
Boxing. a bout: the main go.
(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.
Verb phrases
go about,
to occupy oneself with; perform: The shoemaker goes about his work with a smile.
Nautical. 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.
go along,
to move or proceed.
to accompany in travel.
to agree; concur: I can't go along with you on that idea.
go around,
to be often in company (often followed 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.
go at,
to assault; attack.
to begin or proceed vigorously: to go at one's work with a will.
go back on. back2 ( def 7 ).
go by,
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.
go down,
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. to leave a university, permanently or at the end of a term.
Bridge. to fall short of making one's contract.
Slang: Vulgar. to perform fellatio or cunnilingus.
go for,
to make an attempt at; try for: He is going for the championship.
to assault.
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.
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.
go into,
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.
go off,
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, especially suddenly: She went off without saying goodbye.
to die.
to deteriorate.
Slang. to experience orgasm.
go on,
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.
go out,
to come to an end, especially 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.
Rummy. to dispose of the last card in one's hand by melding it on the table.
Cards. to achieve a point score equal to or above the score necessary to win the game.
go over,
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.
go through,
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.
go under,
to be overwhelmed or ruined; fail.
(of a ship) to founder.
go up,
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. to go to a university at the beginning of a term.
from the word “go”, from the very start; since the beginning.
go and, to be so thoughtless, unfortunate, or silly as to: It was going to be a surprise but he went and told her.
go ape over/for. ape ( def 6 ).
go bananas. bananas ( def 2 ).
go down on, Slang: Vulgar. to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on.
go for broke. broke ( def 9 ).
go for it, Informal. to pursue a goal with determination.
go 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. native ( def 24 ).
go 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?
go to!, Archaic.
you don't say! I don't believe you!
let's do it! come on!
go together,
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.
go with, Informal. to keep company with; court; date: He went with her for two semesters. Also, go out with.
let go,
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.
let go with, to express or utter with abandon: He let go with a sudden yell.
let oneself go, to free oneself of inhibitions or restraint: Let yourself go and get mad once in a while.
no go, Informal.
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.
on the go,
very busy; active: She's always on the go.
while going from place to place; while traveling.
to go, Informal. (of food) for consumption off the premises where sold: coffee to go.

before 900; Middle English gon, Old English gān; cognate with Old High German gēn, German gehen

1. walk, run, travel, advance.

1. stay.
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go1 (ɡəʊ)
vb (foll by by or under) (takes an infinitive without to) , goes, going, went, gone
1.  to move or proceed, esp to or from a point or in a certain direction: to go to London; to go home
2.  (tr; takes an infinitive, often with to omitted or replaced by and) to proceed towards a particular person or place with some specified intention or purpose: I must go and get that book
3.  to depart: we'll have to go at eleven
4.  to start, as in a race: often used in commands
5.  to make regular journeys: this train service goes to the east coast
6.  to operate or function effectively: the radio won't go
7.  (copula) to become: his face went red with embarrassment
8.  to make a noise as specified: the gun went bang
9.  to enter into a specified state or condition: to go into hysterics; to go into action
10.  to be or continue to be in a specified state or condition: to go in rags; to go in poverty
11.  to lead, extend, or afford access: this route goes to the north
12.  to proceed towards an activity: to go to supper; to go to sleep
13.  (tr; takes an infinitive) to serve or contribute: this letter goes to prove my point
14.  to follow a course as specified; fare: the lecture went badly
15.  to be applied or allotted to a particular purpose or recipient: her wealth went to her son; his money went on drink
16.  to be sold or otherwise transferred to a recipient: the necklace went for three thousand pounds
17.  to be ranked; compare: this meal is good as my meals go
18.  to blend or harmonize: these chairs won't go with the rest of your furniture
19.  to be known (by a name or disguise)
20.  to fit or extend: that skirt won't go round your waist
21.  to have a usual or proper place: those books go on this shelf
22.  (of music, poetry, etc) to be sounded; expressed, etc: how does that song go?
23.  to fail or give way: my eyesight is going
24.  to break down or collapse abruptly: the ladder went at the critical moment
25.  to die: the old man went at 2 am
26.  (often foll by by)
 a.  (of time) to elapse: the hours go by so slowly at the office
 b.  to travel past: the train goes by her house at four
 c.  to be guided (by)
27.  to occur: happiness does not always go with riches
28.  to be eliminated, abolished, or given up: this entry must go to save space
29.  to be spent or finished: all his money has gone
30.  to circulate or be transmitted: the infection went around the whole community
31.  to attend: go to school; go to church
32.  to join a stated profession: go to the bar; go on the stage
33.  (foll by to) to have recourse (to); turn: to go to arbitration
34.  (foll by to) to subject or put oneself (to): she goes to great pains to please him
35.  to proceed, esp up to or beyond certain limits: you will go too far one day and then you will be punished
36.  to be acceptable or tolerated: anything goes in this place
37.  to carry the weight of final authority: what the boss says goes
38.  (foll by into) to be contained in: four goes into twelve three times
39.  (often foll by for) to endure or last out: we can't go for much longer without water in this heat
40.  (tr) cards to bet or bid: I go two hearts
41.  informal chiefly (US) (tr) to have as one's weight: I went 112 pounds a year ago
42.  (US), (Canadian)
 a.  to start to act so as to: go shut the door
 b.  to leave so as to: go blow your brains out
43.  informal to perform well; be successful: that group can really go
44.  not standard (tr) to say: widely used, esp in the historic present, in reporting dialogue: Then she goes, ``Give it to me!'' and she just snatched it
45.  informal go and to be so foolish or unlucky as to: then she had to go and lose her hat
46.  be going to intend or be about to start (to do or be doing something): often used as an alternative future construction: what's going to happen to us?
47.  slang go ape to become crazy, enraged, or out of control
48.  slang go ape over to become crazy or extremely enthusiastic about
49.  go astray to be mislaid; go missing
50.  go bail to act as surety
51.  go bush See bush
52.  go halves See half
53.  (often foll by with) go hard to cause trouble or unhappiness (to)
54.  slang go it to do something or move energetically
55.  informal go it alone to act or proceed without allies or help
56.  informal go much on to approve of or be in agreement with (something): usually used in the negative: I don't go much on the idea
57.  informal go one better to surpass or outdo (someone)
58.  informal go the whole hog See hog
59.  let go
 a.  to relax one's hold (on); release
 b.  euphemistic to dismiss (from employment)
 c.  to discuss or consider no further
60.  let oneself go
 a.  to act in an uninhibited manner
 b.  to lose interest in one's appearance, manners, etc
61.  to go
 a.  remaining
 b.  informal (US), (Canadian) (of food served by a restaurant) for taking away
n , goes, going, went, gone, goes
62.  the act of going
63.  informal
 a.  an attempt or try: he had a go at the stamp business
 b.  an attempt at stopping a person suspected of a crime: the police are not always in favour of the public having a go
 c.  an attack, esp verbal: she had a real go at them
64.  a turn: it's my go next
65.  informal the quality of being active and energetic: she has much more go than I
66.  informal hard or energetic work: it's all go
67.  informal a successful venture or achievement: he made a go of it
68.  informal a bout or attack (of an illness): he had a bad go of flu last winter
69.  informal an unforeseen, usually embarrassing or awkward, turn of events: here's a rum go
70.  informal a bargain or agreement
71.  informal all the go very popular; in fashion
72.  informal from the word go from the very beginning
73.  See get-up-and-go
74.  informal no go impossible; abortive or futile: it's no go, I'm afraid
75.  informal on the go active and energetic
76.  informal (postpositive) functioning properly and ready for action: esp used in astronautics: all systems are go
[Old English gān; related to Old High German gēn, Greek kikhanein to reach, Sanskrit jahāti he forsakes]

go or I-go2 (ɡəʊ)
a game for two players in which stones are placed on a board marked with a grid, the object being to capture territory on the board
[from Japanese]
I-go or I-go2
[from Japanese]

abbreviation for
general order

go through
vb (foll by with)
1.  (adverb) to be approved or accepted: the amendment went through
2.  (preposition) to consume; exhaust: we went through our supplies in a day; some men go through a pair of socks in no time
3.  (preposition) Also: go over to examine and revise as necessary: he went through the figures
4.  (preposition) to suffer: she went through tremendous pain
5.  (preposition) Also: go over to rehearse: let's just go through the details again
6.  (preposition) Also: go over to clean: she went through the cupboards in the spring-cleaning
7.  (preposition) to participate in: she went through the degree ceremony without getting too nervous
8.  to bring to a successful conclusion, often by persistence
9.  (preposition) (of a book) to be published in: that book has gone through three printings this year alone
10.  to proceed to the next round of a competition

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gan "to go," from W.Gmc. *gai-/*gæ- (cf. O.Fris. gan, M.Du. gaen, Ger. gehen), from PIE *ghei-, perhaps connected to Skt. jihite "goes away," Gk. kikhano "I reach, meet with," but there is not general agreement on cognates. The O.E. past tense was eode, of uncertain origin but evidently
once a different word (perhaps connected to Goth. iddja); it was replaced 1400s by went, formerly past tense of wenden "to direct one's way" (see wend). In northern England and Scotland, however, eode tended to be replaced by gaed, a construction based on go. In modern English, only be and go take their past tenses from entirely different verbs. The word in its various forms and combinations takes up 45 columns of close print in the OED. The noun sense of "a try or turn at something" is from 1825; meaning "something that goes, a success" is from 1876. Verbal meaning "say" emerged 1960s in teen slang. Going to "be about to" is from late 15c. Go for broke is from 1951, Amer.Eng. colloquial; go down on "perform oral sex on" is from 1916. That goes without saying (1878) translates Fr. cela va sans dire. Phrase on the go "in constant motion" is from 1843; go-between is 1598; go-getter is 1910, Amer.Eng., but goer, with essentially the same meaning, is late 14c. Goner "something dead or about to die" is first recorded 1850.
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  1. general order

  2. ground out

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go through

  1. Examine carefully, as in I went through all the students' papers. [Mid-1600s]

  2. Experience, undergo, suffer, as in We went through hell trying to find an answer. [Early 1700s]

  3. Perform; also, rehearse for performance. For example, I went through the sonata in ten minutes, or Let's go through the third act again. [Mid-1700s]

  4. Use up, complete, as in The children went through all the milk we bought in one day. [Mid-1900s]

  5. Succeed, be approved, as in I'm sure this new deal will go through. [Late 1800s]

  6. go through with. Complete, carry out, as in They got engaged last year, but I'm not sure they'll go through with the wedding. [Mid-1500s]

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Example sentences
Don't let the screw tips go through to the outside of the apron.
Scientists must go through a huge check-list of reasons why they must use a
  living animal and not a proxy to do their research.
Not only did these dogs go through so much but also saved so many lives.
They go through a dehydration process and then a metal coating process.
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