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verb [I not continuous] (BE ACCEPTABLE)    /ɡəʊ/ US  /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)
B1 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 Grammar:GoWe use go to refer to movement, most commonly away from the speaker or listener to another place. We normally use go without an object:Grammar:Go + -ingWe use go + -ing form when we speak about general activities that involve movement:Grammar:Go + complementWe use go + an adjective (complement) to describe changes to the state of things:Grammar:Go and, come andIn speaking, we often use and after go and come before the base form of verbs like ask, buy, check, collect, do, find, get:Grammar:Going toGrammar:Going to: present continuousWe use the present continuous form of the verb go + preposition to + noun phrase to talk about movement in relation to a place or a person in the present:Grammar:Going to: futureWe can use a present form of be + going to + the base form of a main verb to talk about the future. We use it for plans and intentions, predictions and commands:Grammar:Was going toWe use a past form of be + going to when we talk about a plan we had that may have changed.
(Definition of go verb (BE ACCEPTABLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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