intransitive verb went, gone, going
- to move along; travel; proceed: to go 90 miles an hour to be moving: who goes there?
to behave in a certain way; gesture, act, or make sounds as specified or shown: the balloon went “pop” to take or follow a particular course, line of action, etc.; specif.,: sometimes used merely to emphasize a following verb [did you have to go and do that?]
- to be in operation, as a mechanism, action, etc.
- to work or operate properly; function: a clock that isn't going
to pass: said of time to pass from person to person: a rumor went through the office to be known or accepted: to go by the name of Lindsay to move about or be in a certain condition or state, usually for some time: to go in rags to pass into a certain condition, state, etc.; become; turn: to go mad to have a certain form, arrangement, etc.; be expressed, phrased, voiced, or sung: as the saying goes to be or act in harmony; fit in: a hat that goes well with the dress to put oneself: to go to some trouble to contribute to a result; tend; help: facts that go to prove a case☆ to have force, validity, acceptance, etc.: that rule still goes; anything goesInformal to perform in an especially inspired or exciting manner: a jazz band that can really go
- 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 cease to have an effect; come to an end; pass away: the pain has gone to die to be removed or eliminated: the third paragraph had to go to break away; be carried away or broken off: the mast went in the storm to fail; give way: his eyesight is going to be given up or sacrificed: the country house must go to pass into the hands of someone; be allotted, awarded, or given: the prize goes to Jean to be sold (for a specified sum)Informal to pass bodily waste matter; relieve oneself
- 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 move toward, enter, or attend and then engage in or take part in the activities of: additional meaning is conveyed by the use of a noun governed by to, or by a participle [to go to college, to go swimming]; reason for going is indicated by an infinitive, by and with a verb, or by a noun governed by to[to go to learn, to go to breakfast] to be capable of passing (through), fitting (into), etc.: it won't go through the door to carry one's case, plan, etc. (to an authority) to turn or resort (to): to go to war
- 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 endure; last; hold out to have a particular or regular place or position: the shirts go in the top drawer
- 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
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