Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “go by”

go by

phrasal verb with go     /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
B2 to move past, in space or time : You can watch the trains going by from this window . You can't let an opportunity like that go by - it's too good to miss . Hardly a day goes by when I don't think about her.General words for movementSpending time and time passing in days gone by in the past: The house was a railway station in days gone by.In the past
(Definition of go by from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of go by

Word of the Day

friendship

a situation in which two people are friends

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More