Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “go under”

See all translations

go under

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

(SINK)

to sink: The ship went under just minutes after the last passenger had been rescued.

(FAIL)

If a company goes under, it fails financially: The charity will go under unless a generous donor can be found within the next few months.
Translations of “go under”
in Chinese (Traditional) 沉沒, 沉下去,沉沒…
in Russian разоряться…
in Turkish (iş, şirket)batmak, iflas etmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 沉沒, 沉下去,沉没…
in Polish upaść…
(Definition of go under phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of go under?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “go under” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More