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verb (BE)    /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
[L only + adj] to be or stay in a particular, especially unpleasant, condition: In spite of the relief effort, thousands of people continue to go hungry. Why do so many rapes go unreported?Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed as...go in comparison with most other things of a particular type, especially when you do not think that type of thing is very good: It was quite a good film, as horror films go. I suppose the concert was OK, as these things go.Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable go to prove/show to prove that something is true: Your daughter's attitude only goes to prove how much society has changed over the last 30 years.Proving and disproving Grammar: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
(Definition of go verb (BE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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