v. went, gone, go•ing,
1) to move or proceed, esp. to or from something:
to go home[/ex]
2) to leave a place; depart:
Go Away![/ex]
3) to keep or be in motion; function or operate:
The engine is going now[/ex]
4) to become as specified:
to go mad[/ex]
5) to continue in a certain state or condition; be habitually:
to go barefoot[/ex]
6) to act as specified:
Go warily[/ex]
7) to act so as to come into a certain state or condition:
to go to sleep[/ex]
8) to be known:
to go by a false name[/ex]
9) to reach or give access to:
This door goes outside[/ex]
10) to pass or elapse:
The time went fast[/ex]
11) to be applied, allotted, etc., to a particular recipient or purpose:
My money goes for food and rent[/ex]
12) to be sold:
The house went for very little[/ex]
13) to be considered generally or usually:
He's tall, as jockeys go[/ex]
14) to conduce or tend:
This only goes to prove the point[/ex]
15) to result or end:
How did the game go?[/ex]
16) to belong; have a place:
This book goes here[/ex]
17) (of colors, styles, etc.) to harmonize; be compatible; be suited
18) to fit or extend:
This belt won't go around my waist[/ex]
19) to be or become consumed, finished, etc.:
The cake went fast[/ex]
20) to be or become discarded, dismissed, etc.:
Those puns of yours have got to go![/ex]
21) to develop or proceed, esp. with reference to success or satisfaction:
How is your new job going?[/ex]
22) to move or proceed with remarkable speed or energy:
Look at that airplane go![/ex]
23) to make a certain sound:
The gun goes bang[/ex]
24) to be phrased, written, or composed:
How does that song go?[/ex]
25) to seek or have recourse; resort:
to go to court[/ex]
26) to become worn-out, weakened, etc
27) to die
28) to fail or give way:
The dike might go any minute[/ex]
29) to come into action; begin:
Go when you hear the bell[/ex]
30) to make up a quantity or content:
Sixteen ounces go to the pound[/ex]
31) math. to be or be able to be divided:
Three goes into fifteen five times[/ex]
32) to contribute to an end result:
the items that go to make up the total[/ex]
33) to have as one's goal; intend (usu. fol. by an infinitive):
Their daughter is going to be a doctor[/ex]
34) to be permitted, approved, or the like:
Around here, anything goes[/ex]
35) to be authoritative; be the final word:
Whatever I say goes![/ex]
36) to subject oneself:
Don't go to any trouble[/ex]
37) inf to proceed (used as an intensifier):
Go figure that out[/ex]
38) cvb inf Informal. to urinate or defecate
39) to move or proceed with or according to:
Going my way?[/ex]
40) to share or participate in to the extent of:
to go halves[/ex]
41) inf Informal. to risk, pay, afford, bet, or bid:
I'll go fifty dollars for a ticket[/ex]
42) to yield, weigh, or grow to:
This field will go two bales of cotton[/ex]
43) to assume the obligation or function of:
His father went bail for him[/ex]
44) cvb inf Informal. to say; remark (usu. used in recounting a conversation)
45) inf Informal. to endure or tolerate:
I can't go his preaching[/ex]
46) phv go about
a) to occupy oneself with; perform
b) +navig. to change course at sea by tacking or wearing
47) phv go after, to attempt to obtain; strive for
48) phv go against, to be in conflict with or opposed to
49) phv go ahead, to proceed without hesitation or delay
50) phv go along
to agree; concur
51) phv go around
a) to be often in company
b) to be sufficient for all
c) to pass or circulate:
A rumor is going around[/ex]
52) phv go at
a) to assault; attack
b) to begin or proceed vigorously
53) phv go by
a) to pass:
Don't let this chance go by[/ex]
b) to be guided by
54) phv go down
a) to decrease or subside, as in amount or size
b) to descend or sink
c) to suffer defeat
d) to be accepted or believed
e) to be remembered in history or by posterity
f) Slang. to happen; occur: What's been going down since I've been away?
g) brit. edu Brit. to leave a university, permanently or at the end of a term
55) cvb +sts go down on, Vulgar Slang. to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on
56) phv go for
a) to make an attempt at; try for:
to go for a win[/ex]
b) to assault
c) to favor; like
d) to be used for the purpose of or be a substitute for:
material that goes for silk[/ex]
57) phv go in for
to adopt as one's particular interest; occupy oneself with
58) phv go into
a) to discuss or investigate
b) to undertake as one's study or work
59) phv go in with, to join in a partnership or union; combine with
60) phv go off
a) to explode
b) (of what has been expected or planned) to happen
c) to leave, esp. suddenly
61) phv go on
a) to happen or take place
b) to continue:
Go on working[/ex]
c) to behave; act
d) to talk effusively; chatter
e) (used to express disbelief):
Go on, you're kidding me[/ex]
f) sbz to appear onstage in a theatrical performance
62) phv go out
a) to cease or fail to function:
The lights went out[/ex]
b) to participate in social activities
c) to take part in a strike
63) phv go over
a) to repeat; review
b) to be effective or successful:
The proposal didn't go over[/ex]
c) to examine
d) to read; scan
64) phv go through
a) to bear; experience
b) to examine or search carefully
c) to be accepted or approved
d) to use up; spend completely
65) phv go through with, to persevere with to the end; bring to completion
66) phv go under
a) to fail
b) navig. (of a ship) to founder
67) +brit. phv go up
a) to be in the process of construction, as a building
b) to increase in cost, value, etc
c) brit. edu Brit. to go to a university at the beginning of a term
68) the act of going
69) energy or spirit:
She's got a lot of go[/ex]
70) a try at something; attempt:
to have a go at the puzzle[/ex]
71) a successful accomplishment; success
72) cvb Informal. approval or permission, as to undertake something
73) spo a boxing bout:
the main go[/ex]
74) ars (esp. in aerospace) functioning properly; ready:
All systems are go[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME gon, OE gān, c. OS -gān, OHG n II
[[t]goʊ[/t]] n.
gam a Japanese board game for two in which black and white stones are placed on intersecting lines in such a way as to capture the opponent's stones and thereby control the board
Also called I-go
Etymology: 1885–90; < Japn

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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