verb went went (wĕnt)
, gone gone (gôn, gŏn)
, goes goes (gōz) verb, intransitive
- To move or travel; proceed: We will go by bus. Solicitors went from door to door seeking donations. How fast can the boat go?
- To move away from a place; depart: Go before I cry.
a. To pursue a certain course: messages that go through diplomatic channels to the ambassador.
To resort to another, as for aid: went directly to the voters of her district.
See Synonyms at resort
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.
- To function properly: The car won't go.
a. To have currency.
b. To pass from one person to another; circulate: Wild rumors were going around the office.
- To pass as the result of a sale: The gold watch went to the highest bidder.
- Informal Used as an intensifier when joined by and to a coordinate verb: She went and complained to Personnel.
- Used in the progressive tense with an infinitive to indicate future intent or expectation: I am going to learn how to dance.
a. To continue to be in a certain condition or continue an activity: go barefoot.
b. To come to be in a certain condition: go mad; hair that had gone gray.
c. To continue to be in effect or operation: a lease with one year to go.
d. To carry out an action to a certain point or extent: Your parents went to great expense to put you through college.
- To be called; be known: Our friend William often goes by Billy.
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?
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?
- To be a contributing factor: It all goes to show us that the project can be completed on time.
a. To have a particular form: as the saying goes.
b. To be such, by and large: well behaved, as big dogs go.
a. To extend in time: The story goes back to the Middle Ages.
b. To pass by; elapse: The day went pleasantly enough until I received your call.
a. To be used up or finished: My interest in such things has gone.
b. To be discarded or abolished: All luxuries will have to go.
a. To become weak; fail: His hearing has started to go.
b. To give way; break up: The dam is about to go.
- To cease living; die.
a. To happen or develop; fare: How are things going?
b. To have a successful outcome: creativity that made the advertising campaign really go.
- 21. To be suitable or appropriate as an accessory or accompaniment: a color that goes beautifully with your complexion.
a. To have authority: Whatever I say goes.
b. To be valid, acceptable, or adequate.
- 23. Informal To excrete waste from the bladder or bowels.
- 24. Informal To begin an act: Here goes!
- 25. Obsolete To walk.
noun pl. goes goes
- To proceed or move according to: I was free to go my own way.
- To traverse: Only two of the runners went the entire distance.
- To engage in: went skiing.
a. To bet: go $20 on the black horse.
b. To bid: I'll go $500 on the vase.
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?
- To amount to; weigh: a shark that went 400 pounds.
- Sports To have as a record: went 3 for 4 against their best pitcher.
- Informal To enjoy: I could go a cold beer right now.
- To say or utter. Used chiefly in verbal narration: First I go, “Thank you,” then he goes, “What for?”
- The act or an instance of going.
- An attempt; an effort: had a go at acting.
- The time or period of an activity.
- Informal Energy; vitality: had lots of go.
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.
Informal Functioning correctly and ready for action: All systems are 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
To satisfy a demand or requirement: just enough food to go around.
To go here and there; move from place to place. To have currency: rumors going around. go at
To attack, especially with energy. To approach; undertake: He went at the job with a lot of energy. go by
To elapse; pass: as time goes by.
To pay a short visit: My parents were away when we went by last week. go down
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.
To admit of easy swallowing: a cough syrup that goes down readily.
To decrease in cost or value. Chiefly British
To leave a university. Slang
To occur; happen: “a collection of memorable pieces about the general craziness that was going down in those days” (James Atlas).
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. Vulgar Slang
To perform fellatio or cunnilingus. go for Informal
To have a special liking for: I really go for progressive jazz.
To attack: an opponent who is known to go for the jugular in arguments.
To pass for or serve as: a couch that also goes for a bed. go in
To take part in a cooperative venture: went in with the others to buy a present.
To make an approach, as before an attack: Troops went in at dawn. go into
To discuss or investigate: The book goes into classical mythology.
To undertake as a profession or course of study: She's going into medicine. go off
To undergo detonation; explode. To make a noise; sound: The siren went off at noon.
To leave: Don't go off mad. Informal
To adhere to the expected course of events or the expected plan: The project went off smoothly. go on
To take place; happen: didn't know what was going on.
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. Informal
To talk volubly: My, you do go on. go out
To become extinguished.
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.
To become unfashionable: High boots went out last year.
To undergo structural collapse: The bridge went out. go over
To gain acceptance or approval: a new style that didn't go over.
To examine or review: go over the test scores. go through
To examine carefully: went through the students' papers.
To experience: We went through hell while working on this project.
To perform: I went through the sonata in 30 minutes. go under
To suffer defeat or destruction; fail. To lose consciousness. go up
To increase in price or value. To be in the process of construction: Office buildings went up all over town. Chiefly British
To go to a university. go with
To date (someone) regularly. To select or choose: decided to go with the pink wallpaper.
Origin: Middle English gon
Origin: , from Old English gān; see ghē- in Indo-European roots
. Our Living Language Go
has long been used to describe the production of nonlinguistic noises, notably in conversation with children, as in The train went “toot.” The cow goes “moo.”
In recent years, however, many speakers have begun to use go
in informal conversation to report speech, as in Then he goes, “You think you're real smart, don't you?”
This usage parallels the quotation introducers be all
and be like.
But unlike these other expressions, which can indicate thoughts or attitudes, the quotational use of go
is largely restricted to dialogue related in the narrative present, especially when the narrator wishes to mimic the accent or intonation of the original speaker. See Notes at all