- Going is defined as something that is successful, in existence or commonly accepted.
- An example of going is a successful restaurant; a going restaurant or a going concern.
- An example of going is infant formula being the best alternative to breast milk available; best alternative going.
- An example of going is the hourly rate for a workman; the going rate.
- The definition of a going is a departure or forward progress.
- An example of a going is the acts of a person entering and leaving their house; the comings and goings.
- An example of a going is the condition of a road; the poor condition of the road made the trip a tough going.
- the act of one who goes: usually used in compounds: opera-going
- a leaving; departure
- the condition of the ground or land as it affects traveling, walking, etc.
- circumstances affecting progress
- Slang current situation or course of events in any given area, time, or sphere: tough going in the stock market these days
- moving; running; working
- conducting its business successfully: a going concern
- in existence or available: the best bet going
- commonly accepted; current: the going rate for plumbers
be going to
get someone going☆
have something going for one☆
- Departure: comings and goings.
- The condition underfoot as it affects one's headway in walking or riding: Once we left the trail the going was rough.
- Informal Progress toward a goal; headway: It was easy going during my senior year.
- Working; running: a machine in going order.
- In full operation; flourishing: a going business.
- Current; prevailing: The going rates are high.
- To be found; available: the best products going.
- Present participle of go.
go + -ing
- A departure.
- The suitability of ground for riding, walking etc.
- The going was very difficult over the ice.
- We made good going for a while, but then we came to the price.
- (figuratively) Conditions for advancing in any way.
- Not only weren't the streets paved with gold, but the going was difficult for an immigrant.
- (in the plural) Course of life; behaviour; doings; ways.
- Likely to continue; viable.
- He didn't want to make an unsecured loan to the business because it didn't look like a going concern.
- That attends habitually or regularly.
- Current, prevailing.
- The going rate for manual snow-shoveling is $25 an hour.
- (after a noun phrase with a superlative) Available.
- He has the easiest job going.
From Middle English, present participle of gon
Variant of go
intransitive verbwent, gone, going
- 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 ĝhē-, origin, originally , to leave behind, go away from source Sanskrit jíhītē, (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 describe dialogue [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
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
- Informal 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 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)
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
on the go
- ☆ to be taken out: said of food in a restaurant
- remaining; still to be completed, etc.: one finished, two to go