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Variant of go
- to move along; travel; proceed: to go 90 miles an hour to be moving: who goes there?
- to be in operation, as a mechanism, action, etc.
- to work or operate properly; function: a clock that isn't going
- to turn out; result: the war went badly
- to be guided, regulated, or directed by a procedure, method, etc.: to go by what someone says
- to take its course; proceed: how is the evening going?
- to move off; leave; depart to begin to move off, as in a race: used as a command
- to leave a court of justice
- to continue (unpunished, unrewarded, unrequited, etc.)
- to move toward a place or person or in a certain direction: to go to the back of the room to move out of sight or out of the presence of the speaker: used as a command to make regularly scheduled trips as specified: a bus that goes to Chicago
- to extend, lead, reach, etc. to a place: a road that goes to London
- to be able to extend or reach: the belt won't go around his waist
- to carry one's activity to specified lengths: the pitcher went 7 innings
- to extend or reach so far in behavior, action, etc.: to go too far in one's protests
Origin: ME gon < OE gan, akin to Du gaan, Ger gehen < IE base *ĝhē-, orig., to leave behind, go away > Sans jíhītē, (he) goes; the pt. went is < wend replacing OE eode, ME yede
- to travel or proceed along: to go Route 90
- to bet; wager
- ☆ Informal to tolerate; put up with: I can't go him
- Informal to furnish (bail) for an arrested person
- Informal to be willing to pay, bid, etc. (a specified sum)
- ☆ Informal to appreciate or enjoy: could you go a piece of pie?
- Informal to say: used to describe dialogue [He goes “When?” and she goes “Tonight!”]
noun pl. goes
- the act of going
- something that operates successfully; a success: to make a go of a marriage
- Informal the power of going; animation; energy
- Informal a state of affairs
- ☆ Informal an agreement, or bargain: is it a go?
- Informal a try; attempt; endeavor
- Brit., Informal a quantity given or taken at one time
- a call made by a player who cannot play a card because any card in his hand will carry the count above 31
- a point received for playing the last card in any sequence with a count less than 31
- functioning properly or ready to go
- all right; OK
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