Going



[goh-ing] /ˈgoʊ ɪŋ/

noun
1.
the act of leaving or departing; departure:
a safe going and quick return.
2.
the condition of surfaces, as those of roads, for walking or driving:
After the heavy rain, the going was bad.
3.
progress; advancement:
With such slow going, the work is behind schedule.
4.
Usually, goings. behavior; conduct; deportment.
adjective
5.
moving or working, as machinery.
6.
active, alive, or existing.
7.
continuing to operate or do business, especially in a successful manner:
a going company.
8.
current; prevalent; usual:
What is the going price of good farmland in this area?
9.
leaving; departing.
Idioms
10.
get going, to begin; get started.
11.
going away, Sports. by a wide margin, especially as established in the late stages of a contest:
The champion won the bout going away.
12.
going on,

[goh] /goʊ/
verb (used without object), went, gone, going.
1.
to move or proceed, especially to or from something:
They’re going by bus.
2.
to leave a place; depart:
People were coming and going all the time.
3.
to keep or be in motion; function or perform as required:
Can’t you go any faster in your work?
4.
to become as specified:
to go mad.
5.
to continue in a certain state or condition; be habitually:
to go barefoot.
6.
to act as specified:
Go warily if he wants to discuss terms.
7.
to act so as to come into a certain state or condition:
to go into debt; to go to sleep.
8.
to be known:
to go by a false name.
9.
to reach, extend, or give access to:
Where does this door go?
10.
to pass or elapse:
The time went fast.
11.
to be applied, allotted, awarded, transferred, etc., to a particular recipient or purpose:
My money goes for food and rent.
12.
to be sold:
I have a bid of two dollars. Going! Going! Gone!
13.
to be considered generally or usually:
He’s short, as basketball players go.
14.
to conduce or tend:
This only goes to prove the point.
15.
to result or end; turn out:
How did the game go?
16.
to belong; have a place:
This book goes on the top shelf.
17.
(of colors, styles, etc.) to harmonize; be compatible; be suited:
Your tweed jacket would go well with these pants.
18.
to fit around or into; be able to be extended, contained, inserted, etc.:
This belt won’t go around my waist.
19.
to be or become consumed, spent, finished, etc.:
The cake went fast.
20.
to be or become discarded, dismissed, put aside, forgotten, etc.:
Those practical jokes of yours have got to go!
21.
to develop, progress, or proceed, especially with reference to success or satisfaction:
How is your new job going?
22.
to move or proceed with remarkable speed or energy:
Look at that airplane go!
23.
to make a certain sound:
The gun goes bang.
24.
to be phrased, written, or composed:
How does that song go?
25.
to seek or have recourse for a decision, verdict, corroboration, defense, etc.; resort:
to go to court.
26.
to become worn-out, weakened, ineffective, etc.:
His eyesight is beginning to go.
27.
to die:
The old man went peacefully at 3 a.m.
28.
to fail, break, or give way:
The dike might go any minute.
29.
to come into action; begin:
Go when you hear the bell.
30.
to make up a quantity or content; be requisite:
Sixteen ounces go to the pound.
31.
to be able to be divided; be contained as a mathematical element:
Three goes into fifteen five times.
32.
to contribute to an end result:
the items that go to make up the total.
33.
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.
34.
to be permitted, approved, or the like:
Around here, anything goes.
35.
to be authoritative; be the final word:
This is my house, and what I say goes!
36.
to subject oneself:
Don’t go to any trouble.
37.
(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.
38.
Informal. to urinate or defecate.
verb (used with object), went, gone, going.
39.
Informal. to endure or tolerate:
I can’t go his preaching.
40.
Informal. to risk, pay, afford, bet, or bid:
I’ll go fifty dollars for a ticket, but no more.
41.
to move or proceed with or according to; follow:
Going my way?
42.
to share or participate in to the extent of (often followed by a complementary substantive):
to go halves.
43.
to yield, produce, weigh as a usable amount, or grow to:
This field will go two bales of cotton.
44.
to assume the obligation, responsibility, or function of:
His father went bail for him.
45.
Informal. to enjoy, appreciate, desire, or want:
I could go a big steak dinner right now.
46.
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.
47.
the act of going:
the come and go of the seasons.
48.
energy, spirit, or animation:
a man with a lot of go.
49.
a try at something; attempt:
to have a go at winning the prize.
50.
a successful accomplishment; success:
to make a go of a new business.
51.
Informal. a business agreement; deal; bargain:
Thirty dollars? It’s a go.
52.
Informal. approval or permission, as to undertake or begin something:
The boss gave us the go on the new project.
53.
Boxing. a bout:
the main go.
interjection
54.
(in calling the start of a race) start the race; leave the starting line:
On your mark! Get set! Go!
adjective
55.
functioning properly and ready:
two minutes before the satellite is to be launched and all systems are go.
Verb phrases
56.
go about,

57.
go after, to attempt to obtain; strive for:
You’ll never get what you want if you don’t go after it energetically.
58.
go against, to be in conflict with or opposed to:
It goes against the company’s policy.
59.
go ahead, to proceed without hesitation or delay:
If you want to use my car, go ahead.
60.
go along,

61.
go around,

62.
go at,

63.
go back on. 2 (def 7).
64.
go by,

65.
go down,

66.
go for,

67.
go in for,

68.
go into,

69.
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.
70.
go off,

71.
go on,

72.
go out,

73.
go over,

74.
go through,

75.
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.
76.
go under,

77.
go up,

Idioms
78.
from the word “go”, from the very start; since the beginning.
79.
go and, to be so thoughtless, unfortunate, or silly as to:
It was going to be a surprise but he went and told her.
80.
go ape over / for. (def 6).
81.
go bananas. (def 2).
82.
go down on, Slang: Vulgar. to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on.
83.
go for broke. (def 9).
84.
go for it, Informal. to pursue a goal with determination.
85.
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.
86.
go native. (def 24).
87.
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?
88.
go there, to discuss or think about a specific, typically undesirable topic (usually used negatively):
No personal questions, please—I don’t go there.
89.
go to!, Archaic.

90.
go together,

91.
go to it, Informal. to begin vigorously and at once.
92.
go with, Informal. to keep company with; court; date:
He went with her for two semesters.
Also, go out with.
93.
let go,

94.
let go with, to express or utter with abandon:
He let go with a sudden yell.
95.
let oneself go, to free oneself of inhibitions or restraint:
Let yourself go and get mad once in a while.
96.
no go, Informal.

97.
on the go,

98.
to go, Informal. (of food) for consumption off the premises where sold:
coffee to go.
/ˈɡəʊɪŋ/
noun
1.
a departure or farewell
2.
the condition of a surface such as a road or field with regard to walking, riding, etc: muddy going
3.
(informal) speed, progress, etc: we made good going on the trip
adjective
4.
thriving (esp in the phrase a going concern)
5.
current or accepted, as from past negotiations or commercial operation: the going rate for electricians, the going value of the firm
6.
(postpositive) available: the best going
7.
going, going, gone!, a statement by an auctioneer that the bidding has finished
/ɡəʊ/
verb (mainly intransitive) 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.
(transitive; 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.
(transitive; 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.
foll by by or under. 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)

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.
(transitive) (cards) to bet or bid: I go two hearts
41.
(transitive) (informal, mainly US) to have as one’s weight: I went 112 pounds a year ago
42.
(US & Canadian) (usually used in commands) takes an infinitive without to

43.
(informal) to perform well; be successful: that group can really go
44.
(transitive) (not standard) 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 bush1 (sense 14)
52.
go halves, See half (sense 15)
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 (sense 9)
59.
let go

60.
let oneself go

61.
to go

noun (pl) goes
62.
the act of going
63.
(informal)

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
adjective
76.
(postpositive) (informal) functioning properly and ready for action: esp used in astronautics: all systems are go
/ɡəʊ/
noun
1.
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
abbreviation
1.
general order
n.

verbal noun from go (v.), c.1300. Going to “be about to” is from late 15c. To go while the going is good is from 1916. Goings-on attested from 1775; going over is 1872 as “scolding,” 1919 as “inspection.”
v.

Old English gan “to go, advance, depart; happen; conquer; observe,” from West Germanic *gai-/*gæ- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian gan, Middle Dutch gaen, Dutch gaan, Old High German gan, German gehen), from PIE *ghe- “to release, let go” (cf. Sanskrit jihite “goes away,” Greek kikhano “I reach, meet with”), but there is not general agreement on cognates.

The Old English past tense was eode, of uncertain origin but evidently once a different word (perhaps connected to Gothic 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. Verbal meaning “say” emerged 1960s in teen slang. Colloquial meaning “urinate or defecate” attested by 1926. Go for broke is from 1951, American English colloquial; go down on “perform oral sex on” is from 1916. That goes without saying (1878) translates French cela va sans dire. As an adjective, “in order,” from 1951, originally in aerospace jargon.
n.

1727, “action of going,” from go (v.). The sense of “a try or turn at something” is from 1825; meaning “something that goes, a success” is from 1876. Phrase on the go “in constant motion” is from 1843.

Related Terms

have something going (or working) for someone or something

adjective

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Related Terms

from the git-go, from the word go, give something a shot, have a crack at something, have something going (or working) for someone or something, let fly, let oneself go, no-go, no go, on the go, tell someone where to get off, there you go, to go, way to go, what goes around comes around
1.
general order
2.
ground out

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