Meanings and Use of "Go"



go - v.

went, gone, going, goes


go - v. intr.

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.


go - v. tr.

1. To proceed or move according to: I was free to go my own way.

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?"


go - n. pl. goes

1. The act or an instance of going.

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.


go - adj.

Functioning correctly and ready for action: All systems are go.


"go" - Phrasal Verbs:

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" - in figures of speech (Idioms)

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.


"go" - Synonyms and Antonyms)

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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