Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move or travel; proceed: We will go by bus. Solicitors went from door to door seeking donations. How fast can the boat go?
  • intransitive v. To move away from a place; depart: Go before I cry.
  • intransitive v. To pursue a certain course: messages that go through diplomatic channels to the ambassador.
  • intransitive v. To resort to another, as for aid: went directly to the voters of her district. See Synonyms at resort.
  • intransitive v. To extend between two points or in a certain direction; run: curtains that go from the ceiling to the floor.
  • intransitive v. To give entry; lead: a stairway that goes to the basement.
  • intransitive v. To function properly: The car won't go.
  • intransitive v. To have currency.
  • intransitive v. To pass from one person to another; circulate: Wild rumors were going around the office.
  • intransitive v. To pass as the result of a sale: The gold watch went to the highest bidder.
  • intransitive v. Informal Used as an intensifier when joined by and to a coordinate verb: She went and complained to Personnel.
  • intransitive v. Used in the progressive tense with an infinitive to indicate future intent or expectation: I am going to learn how to dance.
  • intransitive v. To continue to be in a certain condition or continue an activity: go barefoot.
  • intransitive v. To come to be in a certain condition: go mad; hair that had gone gray.
  • intransitive v. To continue to be in effect or operation: a lease with one year to go.
  • intransitive v. To carry out an action to a certain point or extent: Your parents went to great expense to put you through college.
  • intransitive v. To be called; be known: Our friend William often goes by Billy.
  • intransitive v. To be customarily located; belong: The fork goes to the left of the plate. Where do the plates go?
  • intransitive v. To be capable of entering or fitting: Will the suitcase go into the trunk of your car?
  • intransitive v. To pass into someone's possession: All the jewelry went to her heirs.
  • intransitive v. To be allotted: How much of your salary goes for rent?
  • intransitive v. To be a contributing factor: It all goes to show us that the project can be completed on time.
  • intransitive v. To have a particular form: as the saying goes.
  • intransitive v. To be such, by and large: well behaved, as big dogs go.
  • intransitive v. To extend in time: The story goes back to the Middle Ages.
  • intransitive v. To pass by; elapse: The day went pleasantly enough until I received your call.
  • intransitive v. To be used up or finished: My interest in such things has gone.
  • intransitive v. To be discarded or abolished: All luxuries will have to go.
  • intransitive v. To become weak; fail: His hearing has started to go.
  • intransitive v. To give way; break up: The dam is about to go.
  • intransitive v. To cease living; die.
  • intransitive v. To happen or develop; fare: How are things going?
  • intransitive v. To have a successful outcome: creativity that made the advertising campaign really go.
  • intransitive v. To be suitable or appropriate as an accessory or accompaniment: a color that goes beautifully with your complexion.
  • intransitive v. To have authority: Whatever I say goes.
  • intransitive v. To be valid, acceptable, or adequate.
  • intransitive v. Informal To excrete waste from the bladder or bowels.
  • intransitive v. Informal To begin an act: Here goes!
  • intransitive v. Obsolete To walk.
  • transitive v. To proceed or move according to: I was free to go my own way.
  • transitive v. To traverse: Only two of the runners went the entire distance.
  • transitive v. To engage in: went skiing.
  • transitive v. Informal To bet: go $20 on the black horse.
  • transitive v. Informal To bid: I'll go $500 on the vase.
  • transitive v. Informal To take on the responsibility or obligation for: go bail for a client.
  • transitive v. Informal To participate to (a given extent): Will you go halves with me if we win the lottery?
  • transitive v. To amount to; weigh: a shark that went 400 pounds.
  • transitive v. Sports To have as a record: went 3 for 4 against their best pitcher.
  • transitive v. Informal To enjoy: I could go a cold beer right now.
  • transitive v. To say or utter. Used chiefly in verbal narration: First I go, "Thank you,” then he goes, "What for?”
  • n. The act or an instance of going.
  • n. An attempt; an effort: had a go at acting.
  • n. The time or period of an activity.
  • n. Informal Energy; vitality: had lots of go.
  • n. Informal The go-ahead.
  • n. Informal The starting point: "And from Go there was something deliciously illicit about the whole affair” ( Erica Abeel).
  • n. Informal Informal A situation in which planned operations can be effectuated: The space mission is a go.
  • adj. Informal Functioning correctly and ready for action: All systems are go.
  • 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.
  • go around To go here and there; move from place to place.
  • go around To have currency: rumors going around.
  • go at To attack, especially with energy.
  • go at To approach; undertake: He went at the job with a lot of energy.
  • go by To elapse; pass: as time goes by.
  • go by To pay a short visit: My parents were away when we went by last week.
  • go down To drop below the horizon; set: The sun went down.
  • go down To fall to the ground: The helicopter went down in a ball of fire.
  • go down To sink: The torpedoed battleship went down.
  • go down To experience defeat or ruin.
  • go down To admit of easy swallowing: a cough syrup that goes down readily.
  • go down To decrease in cost or value.
  • go down Chiefly British To leave a university.
  • go down Slang To occur; happen: "a collection of memorable pieces about the general craziness that was going down in those days” ( James Atlas).
  • go down To be accepted or tolerated: How will your ideas go down as far as corporate marketing is concerned?
  • go down To come to be remembered in posterity: a debate that will go down as a turning point in the campaign.
  • go down Vulgar Slang To perform fellatio or cunnilingus.
  • go for Informal To have a special liking for: I really go for progressive jazz.
  • go for To attack: an opponent who is known to go for the jugular in arguments.
  • go for 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.
  • go in 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.
  • go into To undertake as a profession or course of study: She's going into medicine.
  • go off To undergo detonation; explode.
  • go off To make a noise; sound: The siren went off at noon.
  • go off To leave: Don't go off mad.
  • go off 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.
  • go on To continue: Life must go on.
  • go on To keep on doing (something): Don't go on talking.
  • go on To proceed: She went on to become a senator.
  • go on Informal To talk volubly: My, you do go on.
  • go out To become extinguished.
  • go out To go outdoors; leave one's residence: He went out at seven.
  • go out To take part in social life outside the home: goes out a lot.
  • go out To become unfashionable: High boots went out last year.
  • go out To undergo structural collapse: The bridge went out.
  • go over To gain acceptance or approval: a new style that didn't go over.
  • go over To examine or review: go over the test scores.
  • go through To examine carefully: went through the students' papers.
  • go through To experience: We went through hell while working on this project.
  • go through To perform: I went through the sonata in 30 minutes.
  • go under To suffer defeat or destruction; fail.
  • go under To lose consciousness.
  • go up To increase in price or value.
  • go up To be in the process of construction: Office buildings went up all over town.
  • go up Chiefly British To go to a university.
  • go with To date (someone) regularly.
  • go with To select or choose: decided to go with the pink wallpaper.
  • idiom from the word go From the very beginning.
  • idiom go all the way Slang To have sexual intercourse.
  • idiom go back on To fail to honor or keep: go back on a promise.
  • idiom go begging To be in little or no demand: "Prestige or no prestige, directors' jobs at some companies have actually gone begging” ( Bill Powell).
  • idiom go belly up Informal To undergo total financial failure: "A record number of . . . banks went belly up” ( New Republic).
  • idiom go bust Informal To undergo financial collapse: "Railroads were in the news mainly when they were going bust” ( Christian Science Monitor).
  • idiom go by the board To be discarded or ignored: old dress codes that have now gone by the board.
  • idiom go down the line To provide strong support.
  • idiom go fly a kite Informal To cease being an annoyance. Often used in the imperative.
  • idiom go for broke Informal To commit or expend all of one's available resources toward achievement of a goal: "Why not go for broke and take on somebody who is quite young and see what he does?” ( Roger L. Stevens).
  • idiom go for it Informal To expend all one's strength and resources toward achievement of an end or purpose.
  • idiom go in for To have interest in: goes in for classical music.
  • idiom go in for To take part in: goes in for water skiing.
  • idiom go in with To join in or combine with: He'll go in with them on the plan.
  • idiom go it alone To undertake a project, trip, or responsibility without the presence or help of others.
  • idiom go off the deep end To behave hysterically or very recklessly.
  • idiom go one better To surpass or outdo by one degree: He's gone me one better.
  • idiom go out for To seek to become a participant in: go out for varsity soccer.
  • idiom go out of (one's) way To inconvenience oneself in doing something beyond what is required.
  • idiom go out the window Informal To become insignificant or inoperative: "As soon as a third body is introduced to the Newtonian system, all lawful ordering of processes goes out the window” ( Fusion).
  • idiom go places Informal To be on the way to success: a young executive who is clearly going places.
  • idiom go steady To date someone exclusively.
  • idiom go the distance To carry a course of action through to completion.
  • idiom go the vole To risk all of one's resources in the prospect of achieving great gains.
  • idiom go to it To begin something right away.
  • idiom go to (one's) head To make one dizzy or inebriated.
  • idiom go to (one's) head To make one proud or conceited.
  • idiom go to pieces To lose one's self-control.
  • idiom go to pieces To suffer the loss of one's health.
  • idiom go to the mat Informal To fight or dispute until one side or another is victorious: The governor will go to the mat with the legislature over the controversial spending bill.
  • idiom go to the wall Informal To lose a conflict or be defeated; yield: Despite their efforts, the team went to the wall.
  • idiom go to the wall Informal To be forced into bankruptcy; fail.
  • idiom go to the wall Informal To make an all-out effort, especially in defending another.
  • idiom go to town Informal To work or perform efficiently and rapidly.
  • idiom go to town Informal To be highly successful.
  • idiom flames To be utterly destroyed.
  • idiom go without saying To be self-evident: It goes without saying that success is the product of hard work.
  • idiom on the go Constantly busy or active.
  • idiom to go To be taken out, as restaurant food or drink: coffee and doughnuts to go.
  • n. A Japanese game for two, played with counters on a board that is ruled with 19 vertical and 19 horizontal lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move from one place to another. syn. ant. transl.
  • v. To leave; to move away. syn. ant.
  • v. To be given, especially to be assigned or allotted.
  • v. To extend (from one point to another).
  • v. To lead (in a direction).
  • v. To elapse.
  • v. To start.
  • v. To begin an action or process.
  • v. To resort (to).
  • v. To change from one value to another.
  • v. To end or disappear. syn. transl.
  • v. To be spent or used up.
  • v. To be discarded.
  • v. To be sold.
  • v. To die.
  • v. To collapse. syn. transl.
  • v. To break down or decay.
  • v. To proceed (often to indicate the perceived quality of an event or state).
  • v. To work (through or over), especially mentally.
  • v. To tend or contribute toward a result.
  • v. To fit. syn. transl.
  • v. To be compatible, especially of colors or food and drink.
  • v. To belong (somewhere). syn. transl.
  • v. To be expressed or composed (a certain way).
  • v. To take a turn, especially in a game. syn. transl.
  • v. To attend.
  • v. this sense?) (intransitive) To take up a profession.
  • v. To be in a state continuously.
  • v. To survive or get by; to last or persist for a stated length of time.
  • v. To move or travel in order to do something, or to do something while moving.
  • v. To make an effort.
  • v. To date. syn. transl.
  • v. To fight or attack.
  • v. To work or function. syn. transl.
  • v. To have authority.
  • v. To be valid or accepted.
  • v. To be told; to circulate.
  • v. To be known or considered.
  • v. To sound; to make a noise.
  • v. To urinate or defecate. syn. transl.
  • v. To do, especially to do something foolish.
  • v. To walk.
  • v. To be lost.
  • v. To be out.
  • v. To become. The adjective that follows usually describes a negative state. syn. transl.
  • v. To move for a particular distance or in a particular fashion.
  • v. To take a particular part or share.
  • v. To bet or venture (an amount).
  • v. To yield or weigh.

Etymologies

Middle English gon, from Old English gān.
Japanese, from Middle Chinese ginodotst.gif.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gon, goo, from Old English gān ("to go"), from Proto-Germanic *gānan (“to go”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰēh₁- (“to leave”). Cognate with Scots ga ("to go"), West Frisian gean ("to go"), Dutch gaan ("to go"), German gehen ("to go"), Swedish  ("to go"), Danish  ("to go"). Compare also Albanian ngaj, Ancient Greek κιχάνω (kichanō, "to meet with, arrive at"), Avestan zazāmi, Sanskrit jáhāti). Inherited past tense forms (compare Old English ēode), however, have since the 15th century been replaced by forms from Old English wendan ("to go, depart, wend"); this process is called suppletion. (Wiktionary)

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