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verb (LEAVE)    /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
B1 [I] to leave a place, especially in order to travel to somewhere else: Is it midnight already? I really must go/must be going. She wasn't feeling well, so she went home early.mainly UK What time does the last train to Bath go? I'm afraid he'll have to go (= be dismissed from his job) - he's far too inefficient to continue working for us. This carpet's terribly old and worn - it really will have to go (= be got rid of).Departing to go mainly US If you ask for some food to go at a restaurant, you want it wrapped up so that you can take it away with you instead of eating it in the restaurant: I'd like a cheeseburger and strawberry milkshake to go, please. → See also takeawayMeals and parts of meals [I] polite word for to die: She went peacefully in her sleep.Death and dying takeawayGrammar: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 more
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