Meaning of GO in English


n. 25B6; verb

he's gone into town : MOVE, proceed, make one's way, advance, progress, pass; walk, travel, journey; poetic/literary betake oneself.

the road goes to London : EXTEND, stretch, reach; lead.

the money will go to charity : BE GIVEN, be donated, be granted, be presented, be awarded; be devoted; be handed (over).

it's time to go : LEAVE, depart, take oneself off, go away, withdraw, absent oneself, make an exit, exit; set off, start out, get under way, be on one's way; decamp, retreat, retire, make off, clear out, run off/away, flee; Brit. make a move; informal make tracks, push off, beat it, take off, skedaddle, scram, split, scoot; Brit. informal sling one's hook.

three years went past : PASS, elapse, slip by/past, roll by/past, tick away; fly by/past.

a golden age that has gone for good : DISAPPEAR, vanish, be no more, be over, run its course, fade away; finish, end, cease.

all our money had gone : BE USED UP, be spent, be exhausted, be consumed, be drained, be depleted.

I'd like to see my grandchildren before I go : DIE, pass away, pass on, lose one's life, expire, breathe one's last, perish, go to meet one's maker; informal give up the ghost, kick the bucket, croak, buy it, turn up one's toes; Brit. informal snuff it, pop one's clogs; N. Amer. informal bite the big one, buy the farm; archaic decease, depart this life.

the bridge went suddenly : COLLAPSE, give way, fall down, cave in, crumble, disintegrate.

his hair had gone grey : BECOME, get, turn, grow.

he heard the bell go : MAKE A SOUND, sound, reverberate, resound; ring, chime, peal, toll, clang.

everything went well : TURN OUT, work out, develop, come out; result, end (up); informal pan out.

those colours don't go : MATCH, be harmonious, harmonize, blend, be suited, be complementary, coordinate, be compatible.

my car won't go : FUNCTION, work, run, operate.

where does the cutlery go? : BELONG, be kept, be found, be located, be situated.

this all goes to prove my point : CONTRIBUTE, help, serve; incline, tend.

arrive, come, return, clash.

25B6; noun (informal)

his second go : ATTEMPT, try, effort, bid, endeavour; informal shot, stab, crack, bash, whirl, whack; formal essay.

he has plenty of go in him : ENERGY, vigour, vitality, life, liveliness, spirit, verve, enthusiasm, zest, vibrancy, sparkle; stamina, dynamism, drive, push, determination; informal pep, punch, oomph, get-up-and-go.

25A0; go about SET ABOUT, begin, embark on, start, commence, address oneself to, get down to, get to work on, get going on, undertake; approach, tackle, attack; informal get cracking on/with.

25A0; go along with AGREE TO/WITH, fall in with, comply with, cooperate with, acquiesce in, assent to, follow; submit to, yield to, defer to.

25A0; go away . See go verb sense 4.

25A0; go back on RENEGE ON, break, fail to honour, default on, repudiate, retract; do an about-face; informal cop out (of), rat on.

25A0; go by we have to go by his decision : OBEY, abide by, comply with, keep to, conform to, follow, heed, defer to, respect.

25A0; go down

the ship went down : SINK, founder, go under.

interest rates are going down : DECREASE, get lower, fall, drop, decline; plummet, plunge, slump.

(informal) they went down in the first leg : LOSE, be beaten, be defeated, come to grief.

his name will go down in history : BE REMEMBERED, be recorded, be commemorated, be immortalized.

25A0; go down with (Brit.) FALL ILL WITH, get, develop, contract, pick up, succumb to, fall victim to, be struck down with, become infected with.

25A0; go far BE SUCCESSFUL, succeed, be a success, do well, get on, get somewhere, get ahead, make good; informal make a name for oneself, make one's mark.

25A0; go for

I went for the tuna : CHOOSE, pick, opt for, select, plump for, decide on.

the man went for her : ATTACK, assault, hit, strike, beat up, assail, set upon, rush at, lash out at; informal lay into, rough up; Brit. informal have a go at, duff up; N. Amer. informal beat up on.

he goes for older women : BE ATTRACTED TO, like, fancy; prefer, favour, choose; informal have a thing about.

25A0; go in for TAKE PART IN, participate in, engage in, get involved in, join in, enter into, undertake; practise, pursue; espouse, adopt, embrace.

25A0; go into INVESTIGATE, examine, enquire into, look into, research, probe, explore, delve into; consider, review, analyse.

25A0; go off

the bomb went off : EXPLODE, detonate, blow up.

(Brit.) the milk's gone off : GO BAD, go stale, go sour, turn, spoil, go rancid; decompose, go mouldy.

25A0; go on

the lecture went on for hours : LAST, continue, carry on, run on, proceed; endure, persist; take.

she went on about the sea : TALK AT LENGTH, ramble, rattle on, chatter, prattle, gabble, blether, blather, twitter; informal gab, yak, yabber, yatter; Brit. informal witter, rabbit, natter, waffle, chunter; N. Amer. informal run off at the mouth.

I'm not sure what went on : HAPPEN, take place, occur, transpire; N. Amer. informal go down; poetic/literary come to pass, betide; archaic hap.

25A0; go out

the lights went out : BE TURNED OFF, be extinguished; stop burning.

he's going out with Kate : SEE, take out, be someone's boyfriend/girlfriend, be involved with; informal date, go steady with, go with; N. Amer. informal, dated step out with; dated court, woo.

25A0; go over

go over the figures : EXAMINE, study, scrutinize, inspect, look at/over, scan, check; analyse, appraise, review.

we are going over our lines : REHEARSE, practise, read through, run through.

25A0; go round

the wheels were going round : SPIN, revolve, turn, rotate, whirl.

a nasty rumour going round : BE SPREAD, be circulated, be put about, circulate, pass round, be broadcast.

25A0; go through

the terrible things she has gone through : UNDERGO, experience, face, suffer, be subjected to, live through, endure, brave, bear, tolerate, withstand, put up with, cope with, weather.

he went through hundreds of pounds : SPEND, use up, run through, get through, expend, deplete; waste, squander, fritter away.

he went through Susie's bag : SEARCH, look, hunt, rummage, rifle; informal frisk.

I have to go through the report : EXAMINE, study, scrutinize, inspect, look over, scan, check; analyse, appraise, review.

the deal has gone through : BE COMPLETED, be concluded, be brought off; be approved, be signed, be rubber-stamped.

25A0; go under GO BANKRUPT, cease trading, go into receivership, go into liquidation, become insolvent, be liquidated, be wound up, be shut (down); fail; informal go broke, go to the wall, go belly up, fold.

25A0; go without

I went without breakfast : ABSTAIN FROM, refrain from, forgo, do without, deny oneself.

the children did not go without : BE DEPRIVED, be in want, go short, go hungry, be in need.

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