- An example of go is to travel between Queens and Manhattan for work every day.
- An example of go is to depart for a vacation.
- 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 of goMiddle English gon ; from Old English gan, akin to Dutch gaan, German gehen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?h?-, origin, originally , to leave behind, go away from source Sanskrit jíh?t?, (he) goes; the past tense went is ; from wend replacing Old English eode, Middle English 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 introduce a quotation or paraphrase [He goes “When?” and she goes “Tonight!”]
- 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
Origin of goorig. aerospace & astronauts' jargon
as people (or things) go
from the word “go''⌂
- to be occupied with; be busy at; do
- to move from place to place; circulate
- come about (sense ) (at come)
- to proceed; continue
- to agree; cooperate
- to accompany: often with with
- to enclose; surround
- ⌂ to be enough to provide a share for each
- to move from place to place; circulate
- to attack
- to work at
go back on⌂ Informal
- to be faithless or disloyal to; betray
- to break (a promise, etc.)
- to pass
- to be guided or led by
- to be known or referred to by
- to descend; sink; set
- to suffer defeat; lose
- to be perpetuated, as in history
- to fall; decline: prices went down
- to be swallowed
- Informal to be accepted with approval
- Slang to take place; happen
- Brit. to leave a university, esp. upon graduation
go down on
- to be regarded or taken as
- to try to get
- ⌂ to advocate; support
- ⌂ Informal to attack
- Informal to be attracted by; like very much
go hard with
go in for⌂
- to inquire into
- to take up as a study or occupation
- to examine or review
- to be contained in: 5 goes into 10 twice
go in with
- to go away; leave, esp. suddenly
- to explode; detonate
- to make a noise
- to happen
- to move ahead; proceed; continue
- to behave
- to happen; take place
- Informal to chatter or rant
- Theater to make an entrance
go (a person) one better⌂
- to come to an end; specif.,
- to be extinguished
- to become outdated
- to attend social affairs, the theater, etc.
- to have a date or dates: she's agreed to go out with him
- to go on strike
- to try out (for an athletic team, etc.)
- to examine thoroughly
- to do again
- to review
- ⌂ Informal to be successful
- to perform thoroughly
- to endure; suffer; experience
- ⌂ to look through; search
- ⌂ to get approval or acceptance
- to spend
go through with
- to match; harmonize
- ⌂ Informal to date only each other
- to rise in value, price, etc.; increase
- Brit. to enter a university
go up in flames (or smoke)
- to be a sweetheart of
- to make use of or proceed with (a particular option): let's go with the blue wallpaper for this room
have a go at
- to set free; let escape
- to release one's hold or grip
- to give up; abandon, as one's interest in something
- to dismiss from a job; fire
let oneself go
- to be unrestrained or uninhibited
- to become negligent in caring for oneself, esp. with respect to one's personal appearance
on the go
- ⌂ to be taken out: said of food in a restaurant
- remaining; still to be completed, etc.: one finished, two to go
Origin of goSino-Japanese
verbwent went , gone gone , go·ing, goes goes
- 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.b. To resort to another, as for aid: went directly to the voters of her district.
- 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 or to indicate annoyance 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.
- 22. a. To have authority: Whatever I say goes.b. To be valid, acceptable, or adequate.
- 23. Informal To urinate or defecate: I left the meeting early because I really had to go!
- 24. Informal To begin an act: Here goes!
- 25. Obsolete To walk.
- 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.
- Informal a. To bet: go $20 on the black horse.b. To bid: I'll go $500 on the vase.
- Informal 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.
- Informal To say or utter. Used chiefly in verbal narration: First I go, “Thank you,” then he goes, “What for?”
nounpl. goes goes
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of goMiddle English gon, 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.” Within the past few decades, however, many speakers began to use go informally to report speech, as in Then he goes, “You think you're real smart, don't you?” This usage parallels the quotation introducers be like and be all. But unlike these other expressions, which can indicate thoughts or attitudes, this 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 Note at like2.
Origin of goJapanese, of Chinese origin, possibly from Early Middle Chinese g&istroke; (also the source of Mandarin qí).
go - Computer Definition
(1) The title of an on-screen button that is clicked in order to start some action such as a search.
(2) A command used on a BBS or online service to switch the user to a particular forum or section. For example, typing go macintosh would switch you to a section specializing in Macintosh computers. Like any command language, you have to know what words to enter.