Meaning of GO in English


I. ˈgō verb

( went ˈwent ; gone ˈgȯn also ˈgän ; go·ing ˈgō-iŋ, ˈgȯ(-)iŋ; “gȯing to” in sense 13 is often ˈgōə-nə or ˈgȯ-nə or ˈgə-nə ; goes ˈgōz)

Etymology: Middle English gon, from Old English gān; akin to Old High German gān to go, Greek kichanein to reach, attain

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

1. : to move on a course : proceed

go slow

went by train

— compare stop

2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave , depart

went from school to the party

go ing away for vacation


a. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

reports go through channels to the president

b. : to pass by means of a process like journeying

the message went by wire

c. : to proceed without delay and often in a thoughtless or reckless manner — used especially to intensify a complementary verb

why did you go and spoil it

go jump in a lake


(1) : to extend from point to point or in a certain direction

the road go es to the lake

(2) : to give access : lead

that door go es to the cellar

4. obsolete : walk

5. : to be habitually in a certain state or condition

go bareheaded


a. : to become lost, consumed, or spent

our time has gone

b. : die

c. : to slip away : elapse

the evening went quickly

d. : to come to be given up or discarded

these slums have to go

e. : to pass by sale

went for a good price

f. : to become impaired or weakened

his hearing started to go

g. : to give way especially under great force or pressure : break

the roof went


a. : to move along in a specified manner : fare

everything was go ing well

b. : to be in general or on an average

cheap, as yachts go

c. : to be or become especially as the result of a contest

the election went in her favor

d. : to turn out well : succeed

worked hard to make the party go


a. : to apply oneself

went to work on the problem

b. : to put or subject oneself

went to unnecessary expense

c. chiefly Southern & Midland : intend

I didn't go to do it

9. : to have recourse to another for corroboration, vindication, or decision : resort

go to court to recover damages


a. : to begin an action or motion

here go es

b. : to maintain or perform a certain action or motion

still go ing strong

c. : to function in the proper or expected manner : run

the motor won't go

11. : to be known

go es by an alias


a. : to act in accordance or harmony

a good rule to go by

b. : to come to be determined

dreams go by contraries

c. : to come to be applied or appropriated

all proceeds go to charity

d. : to pass by award, assignment, or lot

the prize went to a sophomore


(1) : to contribute to an end or result

qualities that go to make a hero

(2) : to be of advantage

has a lot go ing for her

13. : to be about, intending, or expecting something — used in a progressive tense before an infinitive

is go ing to leave town


a. : extend

his knowledge fails to go very deep

b. : to come or arrive at a certain state or condition

go to sleep

c. : to come to be : become

the tire went flat

— often used to express conversion to specified values or a specified state

gone Hollywood

go condo

d. : to undergo a change

leaves go from green to red


a. : to be in phrasing or expression : read

as the story go es

b. : to be capable of being sung or played

the tune go es like this

16. : to be compatible, suitable, or becoming : harmonize

the tie go es with his suit


a. : to be capable of passing, extending, or being contained or inserted

will these clothes go in your suitcase

b. : to have a usual or proper place or position : belong

these books go on the top shelf

18. : to have a tendency : conduce

it go es to show



(1) : to carry authority

what she said went

(2) : to be acceptable, satisfactory, or adequate

anything go es here

b. : to hold true : be valid

the rule go es for you, too

20. : to empty the bladder or bowels

transitive verb

1. : to proceed along or according to : follow

if I were go ing his way

went the conventional route

2. : to travel through or along : traverse

went the length of the street


a. : to make a wager of : bet

go a dollar on the outcome

b. : to make an offer of : bid

willing to go $50 for the clock


a. : to assume the function or obligation of

promised to go bail for his friend

b. : to participate to the extent of

decided to go halves on the winnings

5. : yield , weigh

this fish go es ten pounds


a. : to put up with : tolerate

couldn't go the noise

b. : afford

can't go the price

c. : enjoy

I could go a soda


a. : to cause (a characteristic sound) to occur

the gun went bang

b. : say — used chiefly in oral narration of speech

8. : to engage in

don't go telling everyone

9. of a sports team or player : to have a record of

went 11-0 last season

• go·er ˈgō-ər noun

- go about

- go after

- go all the way

- go at

- go back on

- go begging

- go by the board

- go easy

- go fly a kite

- go for

- go for broke

- go great guns

- go hang

- go into

- go it

- go missing

- go one better

- go over

- go places

- go public

- go steady

- go through

- go to bat for

- go to bed with

- go to one's head

- go to pieces

- go to the mat

- go to town

- go with

- go without saying

- go with the flow

- to go

II. ˈgō noun

( plural goes )

Date: 1727

1. : the act or manner of going

2. : the height of fashion : rage

elegant shawls labeled…“quite the go ” — R. S. Surtees

3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

4. : the quantity used or furnished at one time

you can obtain a go of brandy for sixpence — C. B. Fairbanks

5. : energy , vigor


a. : a turn in an activity (as a game)

it's your go

b. : attempt , try

have a go at painting

7. : a spell of activity

finished the job at one go

8. : success

made a go of the business

9. : permission to proceed : go-ahead

gave the astronauts a go for another orbit

- no go

- on the go

III. adjective

Date: 1961

: functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

declared all systems go

IV. noun

Usage: often capitalized

Etymology: Japanese

Date: 1890

: a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

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