going Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “going” in the English Dictionary

"going" in British English

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uk   /ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈɡoʊ-/

going noun (SPEED)

[U] how ​quickly you do something: The ​traffic was ​terrible so it was slow going.

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). At first the ​job was hard going (= ​difficult), but it's got ​easier with ​time.

going noun (GROUND)

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

going noun (LEAVING)

[S] an ​occasion when someone ​leavessomewhere: His going came as as ​shock.

goingadjective [after noun]

uk   /ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈɡoʊ-/
UK available or ​existing: I wouldn't ​trust him if I were you - he's the ​biggestcrook going (= he's the most ​dishonestperson that ​exists). I don't ​suppose there's any left-over ​pie going, is there?
the going rate/price/salary etc. the ​usualrate, ​price, etc. at a ​particulartime: £30 an ​hour is the going ​rate for a ​pianoteacher.


uk   /-ɡəʊ.ɪŋ/  us   /-ɡoʊ-/
used to refer to the ​activity of going to the ​statedplace: He ​grew up in a ​strict church-going ​family.
(Definition of going from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"going" in American English

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goingadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈɡoʊ·ɪŋ/

going adjective [not gradable] (BE SUITABLE)

(of a ​price or a ​charge) ​usual or ​suitable at the ​presenttime: What’s the going ​rate for this ​kind of ​work?

going adjective [not gradable] (OPERATE)

operatingsuccessfully or without ​difficulty: The ​advertisingagency was a going ​concern when she ​headed it.
(Definition of going from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “going”
in Chinese (Simplified) 速度, 进展速度…
in Turkish gitmek' fiilinin şimdiki zaman hali…
in Russian прич. наст. вр. от гл. go…
in Chinese (Traditional) 速度, 進展速度…
in Polish -…
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