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go

verb uk   /ɡəʊ/ us    /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)

go verb (MOVE/TRAVEL)

A1 [I usually + adv/prep] to travel or move to another place: We went into the house. I went to Paris last summer. Have you ever been there? We don't go to the cinema very often these days. Wouldn't it be quicker to go by train? Does this train go to Newcastle? Where do you think you're going? Shouldn't you be at school?General words for movement A1 [I usually + adv/prep] to be in the process of moving: Can't we go any faster? We were going along at about 50 miles an hour. to go down the road to go up/down stairs to go over the bridge to go through a tunnelfigurative I've got a tune going around/round in my head (= I am continually hearing it) and I just can't remember the name of it.General words for movement A1 [I] to move or travel somewhere in order to do something: [+ -ing verb] We go shopping every Friday night. I've never gone skiing. They've gone for a walk, but they should be back soon. [+ to infinitive] She's gone to meet Brian at the station. There's a good film on at the Odeon. Shall we go?Travelling where has/have sth gone? said when you cannot find something: Where have my keys gone?Searching

go verb (LEAVE)

B1 [I] to leave a place, especially in order to travel to somewhere else: Is it midnight already? I really must go/must be going. She wasn't feeling well, so she went home early.mainly UK What time does the last train to Bath go? I'm afraid he'll have to go (= be dismissed from his job) - he's far too inefficient to continue working for us. This carpet's terribly old and worn - it really will have to go (= be got rid of).Departing to go mainly US If you ask for some food to go at a restaurant, you want it wrapped up so that you can take it away with you instead of eating it in the restaurant: I'd like a cheeseburger and strawberry milkshake to go, please.
See also
Meals and parts of meals
[I] polite word for to die: She went peacefully in her sleep.Death and dying

go verb (LEAD)

B1 [I + adv/prep] If a road, path, etc. goes in a particular direction, it leads there: This road goes to Birmingham. A huge crack went from the top to the bottom of the wall. [I usually + adv/prep] to continue for a particular length: The tree's roots go down three metres.

go verb (FUTURE TIME)

be going to do/be sth A2 to intend to do or be something in the future: Are you going to go to Claire's party? He wants me to mend his shirt for him, but I'm not going to! I'm going to be a famous pop star when I'm older.In the future and soon A2 to be certain or expected to happen in the future: They're going to have a baby in the spring. There's going to be trouble when Paul finds out about this. The forecast said it was going to be hot and sunny tomorrow.In the future and soon

go verb (BECOME)

B1 [L only + adj] to become: The idea of going grey doesn't bother me, but I'd hate to go bald. Her father's going senile/blind/deaf. If anything goes wrong, you can call our emergency hotline free of charge. After twelve years of Republican presidents, the US went Democratic in 1992.Starting and beginningStarting again

go verb (MOVE BODY)

C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to move a part of the body in a particular way or the way that is shown: Go like this with your hand to show that you're turning left.General words for movement

go verb (OPERATE)

C2 [I] to operate (in the right way): Have you any idea why this watch won't go? Can you help me get my car going? Our company has been going (= has been in business) for 20 years.FunctioningPerforming a function

go verb (TIME)

B2 [I] If a period of time goes, it passes: I had a wonderful weekend but it went awfully quickly. Time seems to go faster as you get older. There's only a week to go before (= until) my exam results come out.Spending time and time passing

go verb (BE)

[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

go verb (START)

[I] to start doing or using something: I'll just connect up the printer to the computer and then we'll be ready to go.Starting and beginningStarting again

go verb (PLAY GAME)

[I] to use your opportunity to play in a game: It's your turn to go now.Miscellaneous games and activities

go verb (DIVIDE)

[I not continuous] (of a number) to fit into another number especially resulting in a whole number: 5 into 11 won't go. 5 goes into 11 twice with 1 left over.Addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisionCalculations and calculating

go verb (SAY)

[+ speech] informal to say, especially when a story is being told: "I never want to see you ever again," he goes, and storms out the house.Saying and utteringSaying again

go verb (WEAKEN)

[I] to become weak or damaged, especially from being used (too much), or to stop working: After a gruelling six months singing on a world tour, it is hardly surprising that her voice is starting to go. I really must get a new jacket - this one's starting to go at the elbows. Her hearing is going, but otherwise she's remarkably fit for a 95-year-old.Deteriorating and making worse

go verb (NOISE)

C2 [I or T] to produce a noise: I think I heard the doorbell go (= ring) just now. I wish my computer would stop going 'beep' whenever I do something wrong.Sounds made by objects, movement or impact

go verb (BE EXPRESSED)

B2 [I not continuous] to be expressed, sung, or played: I can never remember how that song goes. "Doesn't it go something like this?" said Joan, and played the first couple of bars on her guitar. [+ (that)] The story goes (= people say) (that) he was sacked after he was caught stealing company property. A headless ghost walks the castle at night - or so the story goes (= so people say).Playing musicSinging in general

go verb (HAPPEN)

[I usually + adv/prep] to happen or be found regularly or typically with each other or another: Wisdom and maturity don't necessarily go together. She knows all about the health problems that go with smoking. Great wealth often goes hand in hand with meanness.Occurring and happening

go verb (BE SITUATED)

[I usually + adv/prep, not continuous] to be put in a particular place, especially as the usual place: The sofa went against that wall before we had the radiator put in. I'll put it all away if you tell me where everything goes.Placing and positioning an object

go verb (BE SOLD)

[I] to be sold or be available: The shop is having a closing-down sale - everything must go. The painting will go to the highest bidder. I bought some flowers that were going cheap. "Going... going... gone! (= Sold!)" said the auctioneer, banging down the hammer.Available and accessiblePresentBuying and selling in general

go verb (BE ACCEPTABLE)

B1 [I not continuous] to look or be acceptable or suitable: That picture would go well on the wall in the living room. The TV would go nicely in that corner, wouldn't it? If I wear the orange hat with the blue dress, do you think it will go? Just remember that I'm the boss and what I say goes (= you have to accept what I say). My parents don't worry too much about what I get up to, and most of the time anything goes (= I can do what I want).Matching and co-ordinatingBeing suitable or unsuitable

go verb (BE KNOWN)

[I usually + adv/prep] to be known (by a particular name): He had a scruffy old teddy bear that went by the name of Augustus. In Britain, this flour usually goes under the name of maize meal.Names and titles

go verb (DEVELOP)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep] to develop or happen: "How did the interview go?" "It went very well, thanks." Things have gone badly for him since his business collapsed.Occurring and happening
Grammar

go

noun uk   /ɡəʊ/ us    /ɡoʊ/ (plural goes)

go noun (ATTEMPT)

B2 [C] (US usually try) an attempt to do something: Georgina passed her driving test (on her) first go. "This jar is impossible to open." "Here, let me have a go." I want to have a go at finishing my essay tonight. We can't do the work all in one go (= all at the same time).Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy make a go of sth (US usually try) C2 to try to make something succeed, usually by working hard: She's really making a go of her new antique shop. I can't see him ever making a go of accountancy.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy

go noun (OPPORTUNITY)

B1 [C] (US usually turn) an opportunity to play in a game, or to do or use something: Hey, it's Ken's go now! You've just had your go. Please can I have a go (= can I ride) on your bike? I'll have a go at driving for a while if you're tired.Miscellaneous games and activities

go noun (CRITICIZE)

have a go at sb UK to criticize someone: My Dad's always having a go at me about getting a proper job.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

go noun (ENERGY)

[U] the condition of being energetic and active: You're full of go this morning. He doesn't have much go about him, does he?
See also
Excitement, interest, energy and enthusiasm
Idioms
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