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going

noun uk   /ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈɡoʊ-/

going noun (SPEED)

[U] how quickly you do something: Cambridge to Newcastle in four hours is good going - you must have been driving flat out.

going noun (DIFFICULTY)

[U] how easy or difficult something is: She's obviously very intelligent, but her lectures are heavy going (= they are difficult to understand). He found three 400 metre races in two days hard going (= difficult).

going noun (GROUND)

[U] the condition of the ground for walking or riding, etc.: After an inch of rain at the racecourse overnight, the going is described as good to soft.

going noun (LEAVING)

[S] an occasion when someone leaves somewhere: His going came as as shock.

going

adjective [after noun] uk   /ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈɡoʊ-/
available or existing: I wouldn't trust him if I were you - he's the biggest crook going (= he's the most dishonest person that exists). I don't suppose there's any left-over pie going, is there?
Translations of “going”
in Chinese (Traditional) 速度, 進展速度…
in Russian прич. наст. вр. от гл. go…
in Turkish gitmek' fiilinin şimdiki zaman hali…
in Chinese (Simplified) 速度, 进展速度…
in Polish -…
(Definition of going noun, adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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