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English definition of “go”

go

verb [I]     /ɡəʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
MOVE A1 to move or travel somewhere : I'd love to go to America . We went into the house . Are you going by train ?General words for movementDeparting
DO SOMETHING A1 to move or travel somewhere in order to do something: Let's go for a walk . [+ doing sth] We're going camping tomorrow .General words for movementDeparting
DISAPPEAR B1 to disappear or no longer exist : When I turned round the man had gone.Death and dying
go badly/well, etc B1 to develop in a particular way: My exams went really badly .Occurring and happening
CONTINUE to continue to be in a particular state : We won't let anyone go hungry .Continue and last
WORKING B2 to work correctly : Did you manage to get the car going?FunctioningPerforming a function
STOP WORKING B2 to stop working correctly : Her hearing is going, so speak loudly .Not functioning
MATCH B1 If two things go, they match each other: Any colour goes with jeans .Matching and co-ordinating
TIME B2 If time goes, it passes : The day went very quickly .Spending time and time passing
SONG B2 to have a particular tune or words: I can't remember how it goes.Musical pieces
SOUND/MOVEMENT B2 to make a particular sound or movement : My dog goes like this when he wants some food .General words for movement
(Definition of go verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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