went, gone, going, goes
1. To move or travel; proceed: We will go by bus. Solicitors went from door to door seeking donations. How fast can the boat go?
2. To move away from a place; depart: Go before I cry.
3. a. To pursue a certain course: messages that go through diplomatic channels to the ambassador. b. To resort to another, as for aid: went directly to the voters of her district.
4. a. To extend between two points or in a certain direction; run: curtains that go from the ceiling to the floor. b. To give entry; lead: a stairway that goes to the basement.
5. To function properly: The car won't go.
6. a. To have currency. b. To pass from one person to another; circulate: Wild rumors were going around the office.
7. To pass as the result of a sale: The gold watch went to the highest bidder.
8. Informal Used as an intensifier when joined by and to a coordinate verb: She went and complained to Personnel.
9. Used in the progressive tense with an infinitive to indicate future intent or expectation: I am going to learn how to dance.
10. a. To be in a certain condition. b. To come to be in a certain condition: go mad; hair that had gone gray. c. To continue to be in a certain condition or continue an activity: go barefoot all summer. d. To carry out an action to a certain point or extent: Your parents went to great expense to put you through college.
11. a. To be customarily located; belong: The fork goes to the left of the plate. Where do the plates go? b. To be capable of entering or fitting: Will the suitcase go into the trunk of your car?
12. a. To pass into someone's possession: All the jewelry went to her heirs. b. To be allotted: How much of your salary goes for rent?
13. To be a contributing factor: It all goes to show us that the project can be completed on time.
14. a. To have a particular form: as the saying goes. b. To be such, by and large: well behaved, as big dogs go.
15. a. To pass by; elapse: The day went pleasantly enough until I received your call. b. To be used up. c. To be discarded or abolished: All luxuries will have to go.
16. a. To become weak; fail: His hearing has started to go. b. To come apart; break up.
17. To cease living; die.
18. a. To get along; fare: How are things going? b. To have a successful outcome: creativity that made the advertising campaign really go.
19. To be suitable or appropriate as an accessory or accompaniment: a color that goes beautifully with your complexion.
20. a. To have authority: Whatever I say goes. b. To be valid, acceptable, or adequate. 21. Informal To excrete waste from the bladder or bowels.
22. To begin an act: Here goes!
23. (Obsolete) To walk.
2. To traverse: Only two of the runners went the entire distance.
3. a. To bet: go $20 on the black horse. b. To bid: I'll go $500 on the vase.
4. a. To take on the responsibility or obligation for: go bail for a client. b. To participate to (a given extent): Will you go halves with me if we win the lottery?
5. To amount to; weigh: a shark that went 400 pounds.
6. To enjoy: I could go a cold beer right now.
7. To say: First I go, "Thank you," then he goes, "What for?"
2. An attempt; an effort: had a go at acting.
3. The time or period of an activity.
4. Energy; vitality: had lots of go.
5. Informal a. The go-ahead. b. Often Go The starting point: "And from Go there was something deliciously illicit about the whole affair" Erica Abeel c. Informal A situation in which planned operations can be effectuated: The space mission is a go.
Functioning correctly and ready for action: All systems are go.
go about - To set about to do; undertake: Go about your chores in a responsible way.
go along - To cooperate: They get along by going along.
go around - 1. To satisfy a demand or requirement: just enough food to go around. 2. To go here and there; move from place to place. 3. To have currency: rumors going around.
go at - 1. To attack, especially with energy. 2. To approach; undertake: He went at the job with a lot of energy.
go by - 1. To elapse; pass: as time goes by. 2. To pay a short visit: My parents were away when we went by last week.
go down - 1. a. To drop below the horizon; set: The sun went down. b. To fall to the ground: The helicopter went down in a ball of fire. c. To sink: The torpedoed battleship went down. d. To experience defeat or ruin. 2. To admit of easy swallowing: a cough syrup that goes down readily. 3. Chiefly British To leave a university. 4. Slang To occur; happen: "a collection of memorable pieces about the general craziness that was going down in those days" James Atlas 5. a. To be accepted or tolerated: How will your ideas go down as far as corporate marketing is concerned? b. To come to be remembered in posterity: a debate that will go down as a turning point in the campaign.
go for - 1. Informal To have a special liking for: I really go for progressive jazz. 2. To attack: an opponent who is known to go for the jugular in arguments. 3. To pass for or serve as: a couch that also goes for a bed.
go in - 1. To take part in a cooperative venture: went in with the others to buy a present. 2. To make an approach, as before an attack: Troops went in at dawn.
go off - 1. To undergo detonation; explode. 2. To make a noise; sound: The siren went off at noon. 3. To leave: Don't go off mad. 4. Informal To adhere to the expected course of events or the expected plan: The project went off smoothly.
go on - 1. To take place; happen: didn't know what was going on. 2. a. To continue: Life must go on. b. To keep on doing (something): Don't go on talking. c. To proceed: She went on to become a senator. 3. Informal To talk volubly: My, you do go on.
go out - 1. To become extinguished. 2. a. To go outdoors; leave one's residence: He went out at seven. b. To take part in social life outside the home: goes out a lot. 3. To become unfashionable: High boots went out last year. 4. To undergo structural collapse: The bridge went out.
go over - 1. To gain acceptance or approval: a new style that didn't go over. 2. To examine: go over the test scores. go through 1. To examine carefully: went through the students' papers. 2. To experience: We went through hell while working on this project. 3. To perform: I went through the sonata in 30 minutes.
go under - 1. To suffer defeat or destruction; fail. 2. To lose consciousness.
go up - Chiefly British To go to a university.
go with - To date regularly.
go all the way - To engage in sex.
go "back on - To fail to honor or keep: go back on a promise.
go begging - To be in little or no demand: "Prestige or no prestige, directors' jobs at some companies have actually gone begging" Bill Powell
go belly up - To undergo total financial failure: "A record number of . . . banks went belly up" New Republic
go bust - To undergo financial collapse: "Railroads were in the news mainly when they were going bust" Christian Science Monitor
go by the board - To be discarded or ignored: old dress codes that have now gone by the board.
go down on - To perform oral sex on.
go down the line - To provide strong support.
go fly a kite - To cease being an annoyance. Often used in the imperative.
go for broke - To commit or expend all of one's available resources toward achievement of a goal: "Why not go for broke and take on somebody who is quite young and see what he does?" Roger L. Stevens
go for it - To expend all one's strength and resources toward achievement of an end or purpose.
go in for - 1. To have interest in: goes in for classical music. 2. To take part in: goes in for water skiing.
go it alone - To undertake a project, trip, or responsibility without the presence or help of others.
go off the deep end - To behave hysterically or very recklessly.
go one better - To surpass or outdo by one degree: He's gone me one better.
go out for - To seek to become a participant in: go out for varsity soccer.
go out of (one's) way - To inconvenience oneself in doing something beyond what is required.
go out the window - To become insignificant or inoperative: "As soon as a third body is introduced to the Newtonian system, all lawful ordering of processes goes out the window" Fusion
go places - To be on the way to success: a young executive who is clearly going places.
go steady - To date someone exclusively.
go the distance - To carry a course of action through to completion.
go the vole - To risk all of one's resources in the prospect of achieving great gains.
go to pieces - 1. To lose one's self-control. 2. To suffer the loss of one's health.
go to the mat - To fight or dispute until one side or another is victorious: The governor will go to the mat with the legislature over the controversial spending bill.
go to town - 1. To work or perform efficiently and rapidly. 2. To be highly successful.
go up in flames or go up in smoke - To be utterly destroyed.
go without saying - To be self-evident: It goes without saying that success is the product of hard work.
on the go - Constantly busy or active.
to go - To be taken out, as restaurant food or drink: coffee and doughnuts to go.
1. [n.] The quality of active mental and physical energy -verve -vigor -dash -drive -get-up-and-go -punch -starch -spunkiness -vigorousness -vitality -hustle -liveliness -spirit -vivacity -zip -enthusiasm -lethargy (antonym) -languor (antonym) -spiritlessness (antonym) 2. [n.] A limited period of time designated for an activity -stint -bout -hitch (slang) -innings -patch -spell -stretch -tour -turn -period -term -shift -duty 3. [n.] A brief attempt -try -bid -assay -crack -effort -essay -pass -shot -stab -trial -turn -venture -whirl 4. [n.] An often prolonged period, as of illness -bout -siege -spell -session -turn -course -interval -term -series -cycle 5. [v.] To move freely in a wide social range -circulate -get around -travel 6. [v.] To attain or be attaining a desired end -succeed -arrive -flourish -make out (informal) -prosper -score -thrive -get ahead -make it -make the grade -do well -get places -go places -fail (antonym) -fall short (antonym) -miss (antonym) 7. [v.] To range within specified limits -extend -run -vary -fluctuate -span -spread -stretch 8. [v.] To go or move forward or onward -proceed -advance -continue -forge ahead -make headway -press on -progress -push on -travel -move ahead -go ahead -move on -go on -carry on -make one's way -keep moving -regress (antonym) -retreat (antonym) 9. [v.] To exist or go together harmoniously -agree -conform -fit -fit in -correspond -square -jibe -tally -harmonize -accord -cohere -comport -consort -dovetail -match -rhyme -be in tune -go hand in hand -go hand in glove -contradict (antonym) -disagree (antonym) -differ (antonym) 10. [v.] To visit regularly -frequent -patronize -habituate -hang out at -pop in -call on -haunt -attend regularly 11. [v.] To make one's departure -leave -retire -quit -exit -withdraw -decamp -walk out -move on -move out -pull out -get away -get off -fly -flee -bid farewell -make oneself scarce -sally forth -check out (informal) -cut out -hit the road (informal) -shove off -skedaddle -split -blow -take a powder -pull a disappearing act -arrive (antonym) -come (antonym) -appear (antonym) -emerge (antonym) 12. [v.] To have a proper or suitable place -belong -fit -set 13. [v.] To slip by in time -elapse -lapse -fly -pass -tick away 14. [v.] To fail to hold up under weight or pressure -collapse -bend -break -cave in -crumple -fold -give -give way -withstand (antonym) 15. [v.] To move along a particular course -proceed -advance -drive -journey -motor -move -pass -ride -tool along -travel -traverse -trek -voyage -wend -tour 16. [v.] To cease functioning properly -malfunction -break -conk out (informal) -fail -give out -quit -stall -stop -wear out -function (antonym) 17. [v.] To cease to exist -die -pass -pass away -depart -expire -perish -pass on -succumb -drop dead -decease -demise -become defunct -become extinct -go extinct -pass out -check out -give up the ghost -turn up one's toes -cash in -cash in one's chips (informal) -buy the farm -pop off -check out -push up daisies (informal) -kick the bucket (slang) -conk -croak (slang) -bite the dust (slang) -be born (antonym) -live (antonym) -survive (antonym) -exist (antonym) -flourish (antonym) -thrive (antonym) 18. [v.] To discharge substances from the body -excrete -defecate -eliminate -evacuate -pass -urinate -pee (slang) -void -vomit -make water -micturate (technical) -relieve oneself -move one's bowels 19. [v.] To remove oneself from activity -withdraw -distance -draw -move -pull away -retire -retreat -participate (antonym) -join (antonym) 20. [v.] To prove insufficient in quantity or duration -fail -burn out -flag -give out -peter out -run down -run out -tire -wear out -strengthen (antonym) -flourish (antonym) 21. [v.] To have as a particular direction or course -extend -make -reach -run -stretch
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