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verb [I] (TRAVEL)   /ɡoʊ/ (present tense goes, present participle going, past tense went  /went/, past participle gone  /ɡɔn, ɡɑn/)
to move or travel to another place: Let’s go home now. Are you going away for your vacation? He’s going to his country house for the weekend. We don’t go to the movies much. You go on (ahead) and I’ll be along in a minute. Are you planning to go by car or are you flying? The payroll checks went out (= were sent) a week later than usual. I’m just going over (= making a visit) to Pete’s for half an hour. My son is planning to go into (= get a job in) journalism. Where did my keys go (= I can’t find them)? A considerable amount of money and effort has gone into (= been used in preparing) this exhibition. go back To go back is to return: When do you go back to school? go back To go back is also to have existed since some time in the past: Their friendship goes back to when they were in college together. go up (also go down) To go up or go down is to increase or be reduced: My rent is going up 6% this year. go for To be going or to go for a particular activity is to move to the place of the activity or to begin to do it: to go for a walk/swim Why don’t we go for a drive (= have a ride in a car)? We’re going shopping at the mall. To have gone to do a particular activity is to have left to do it and not yet returned: They’ve gone sailing on the lake.
(Definition of go verb (TRAVEL) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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