Meaning of "go" in Essential English Dictionary


verb uk /ɡəʊ/ going, went, gone

A1 to move or travel somewhere:

I’d love to go to Florida.
We went into the house.
Are you going by train?

A1 to move or travel somewhere in order to do something:

Let’s go for a walk.
go running, swimming, etc.

A2 to go somewhere to do a particular activity:

be going to do/be something

A2 to intend to do or be something:

I’m going to call her tonight.
I’m going to be a dancer when I grow up.
be going to do something

A2 used to say that something is expected to happen in the future:

It’s going to snow tonight.
go badly, well, etc.

B1 to happen in a particular way:

My exams went really well.

B1 to disappear or no longer exist:

When I turned round, the man had gone.

B1 If a road, path, etc. goes in a particular direction, it leads there:

This road goes to Birmingham.
go bald, blind, etc.

B1 to become bald, blind, etc.:

He went bald when he was thirty.

B1 If two things go, they match each other:

Does the jacket go with the trousers?

to work correctly:

I managed to get the car going.

to stop working correctly:

She’s very old and her hearing is going.

to have a particular tune or words:

I can’t remember how that song goes.

If time goes, it passes:

The day went very quickly.

to make a particular sound or movement:

A cow goes ‘moo’.
to go

mainly US If you ask for food to go in a restaurant, you are asking for food that you can take away:

I would like a burger and French fries to go.

(Definition of “go verb” from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)