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English definition of “go by sth”

go by sth

(BASE) phrasal verb with go     /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ verb (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
to base an opinion, decision, or judgment on something: What do you go by when you're deciding whether or not to employ someone? Going by what she said yesterday, I would say she's about to resign. If past experience is anything to go by, he'll completely ignore our suggestions and then change his mind at the last minute.Analysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
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