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verb (MOVE/TRAVEL)    /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
A1 [I usually + adv/prep] to travel or move to another place: We went into the house. I went to Paris last summer. Have you ever been there? We don't go to the cinema very often these days. Wouldn't it be quicker to go by train? Does this train go to Newcastle? Where do you think you're going? Shouldn't you be at school?General words for movement A1 [I usually + adv/prep] to be in the process of moving: Can't we go any faster? We were going along at about 50 miles an hour. to go down the road to go up/down stairs to go over the bridge to go through a tunnelfigurative I've got a tune going around/round in my head (= I am continually hearing it) and I just can't remember the name of it.General words for movement A1 [I] to move or travel somewhere in order to do something: [+ -ing verb] We go shopping every Friday night. I've never gone skiing. They've gone for a walk, but they should be back soon. [+ to infinitive] She's gone to meet Brian at the station. There's a good film on at the Odeon. Shall we go?Travelling where has/have sth gone? said when you cannot find something: Where have my keys gone?Searching Grammar:Been or gone?We often use been to, instead of gone to, when we refer to completed visits to a place:See moreGrammar:Come or go?We use come to describe movement between the speaker and listener, and movement from another place to the place where the speaker or listener is. We usually use go to talk about movement from where the speaker or listener is to another place.See moreGrammar:GoWe use go to refer to movement, most commonly away from the speaker or listener to another place. We normally use go without an object:See moreGrammar:Go + -ingWe use go + -ing form when we speak about general activities that involve movement:See moreGrammar:Go + complementWe use go + an adjective (complement) to describe changes to the state of things:See moreGrammar:Go and, come andIn speaking, we often use and after go and come before the base form of verbs like ask, buy, check, collect, do, find, get:See moreGrammar:Going toSee moreGrammar:Going to: present continuousWe use the present continuous form of the verb go + preposition to + noun phrase to talk about movement in relation to a place or a person in the present:See moreGrammar:Going to: futureWe can use a present form of be + going to + the base form of a main verb to talk about the future. We use it for plans and intentions, predictions and commands:See moreGrammar:Was going toWe use a past form of be + going to when we talk about a plan we had that may have changed.See moreGrammar:Get or go?Get and go have similar meanings, when talking about travel or motion. When we use get, we emphasise arrival:See more
(Definition of go verb (MOVE/TRAVEL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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