Definitions for: Go
[n] (Japanese) a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters
[n] a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
[n] a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work"
[adj] functioning correctly and ready for action; "all systems are go"
[v] enter or assume a certain state or condition; "He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"; "It must be getting more serious"; "her face went red with anger"; "She went into ecstasy"; "Get going!"
[v] follow a certain course; "The inauguration went well"; "how did your interview go?"
[v] pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"
[v] be abolished or discarded; "These ugly billboards have to go!"; "These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge"
[v] stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
[v] progress by being changed; "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting"
[v] give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; "I plumped for the losing candidates"
[v] have a turn; make one's move in a game; "Can I go now?"
[v] to be spent or finished; "The money had gone after a few days"; "Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest"
[v] be spent; "All my money went for food and rent"
[v] go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way; "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"
[v] perform as expected when applied; "The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in"; "Does this old car still run well?"; "This old radio doesn't work anymore"
[v] change location; move, travel, or proceed; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect";"The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"
[v] move away from a place into another direction; "Go away before I start to cry"; "The train departs at noon"
[v] begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"
[v] make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
[v] follow a procedure or take a course; "We should go farther in this matter"; "She went through a lot of trouble"; "go about the world in a certain manner"; "Messages must go through diplomatic channels"
[v] pass, fare, or elapse; of a certain state of affairs or action; "How is it going?"; "The day went well until I got your call"
[v] be or continue to be in a certain condition; "The children went hungry that day"
[v] continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The racecar driver lived through several very serious accidents"
[v] be awarded; be allotted; "The first prize goes to Mary"; "Her money went on clothes"
[v] be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired; "This piece won't fit into the puzzle"
[v] stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets"
[v] lead. extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
[v] blend or harmonize; "This flavor will blend with those in your dish"; "This sofa won't go with the chairs"
[v] be sounded, played, or expressed; "How does this song go again?"
[v] be contained in; "How many times does 18 go into 54?"
[v] have a particular form; "the story or argument runs....", "as the saying goes..."
[v] be ranked or compare; "This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go"
[v] be in the right place or situation; "Where do these books belong?"; "Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government"; "Where do these books go?"
Webster (1913) Definition: Go (g[=o]), obs. p. p. of Go.
Go, v. i. [imp. Went (w[e^]nt); p. p. Gone (g[o^]n;
115); p. pr. & vb. n. Going. Went comes from the AS,
wendan. See Wend, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to
D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan.
gaae; cf. Gr. kicha`nai to reach, overtake, Skr. h[=a] to go,
AS. gangan, and E. gang. The past tense in AS., eode, is from
the root i to go, as is also Goth. iddja went. [root]47a. Cf.
Gang, v. i., Wend.]
1. To pass from one place to another; to be in motion; to be
in a state not motionless or at rest; to proceed; to
advance; to make progress; -- used, in various
applications, of the movement of both animate and
inanimate beings, by whatever means, and also of the
movements of the mind; also figuratively applied.
2. To move upon the feet, or step by step; to walk; also, to
walk step by step, or leisurely.
Note: In old writers go is much used as opposed to run, or
ride. ``Whereso I go or ride.'' --Chaucer.
You know that love Will creep in service where it
can not go. --Shak.
Thou must run to him; for thou hast staid so long
that going will scarce serve the turn. --Shak.
He fell from running to going, and from going to
clambering upon his hands and his knees.
Note: In Chaucer go is used frequently with the pronoun in
the objective used reflexively; as, he goeth him home.
3. To be passed on fron one to another; to pass; to
circulate; hence, with for, to have currency; to be taken,
accepted, or regarded.
The man went among men for an old man in the days of
Saul. --1 Sa. xvii.
[The money] should go according to its true value.
4. To proceed or happen in a given manner; to fare; to move
on or be carried on; to have course; to come to an issue
or result; to succeed; to turn out.
How goes the night, boy ? --Shak.
I think, as the world goes, he was a good sort of
man enough. --Arbuthnot.
Whether the cause goes for me or against me, you
must pay me the reward. --I Watts.
5. To proceed or tend toward a result, consequence, or
product; to tend; to conduce; to be an ingredient; to
avail; to apply; to contribute; -- often with the
infinitive; as, this goes to show.
Against right reason all your counsels go. --Dryden.
To master the foul flend there goeth some complement
knowledge of theology. --Sir W.
6. To apply one's self; to set one's self; to undertake.
Seeing himself confronted by so many, like a
resolute orator, he went not to denial, but to
justify his cruel falsehood. --Sir P.
Note: Go, in this sense, is often used in the present
participle with the auxiliary verb to be, before an
infinitive, to express a future of intention, or to
denote design; as, I was going to say; I am going to
7. To proceed by a mental operation; to pass in mind or by an
act of the memory or imagination; -- generally with over
By going over all these particulars, you may receive
some tolerable satisfaction about this great
8. To be with young; to be pregnant; to gestate.
The fruit she goes with, I pray for heartily, that
it may find Good time, and live. --Shak.
9. To move from the person speaking, or from the point whence
the action is contemplated; to pass away; to leave; to
depart; -- in opposition to stay and come.
I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord
your God; . . . only ye shall not go very far away.
10. To pass away; to depart forever; to be lost or ruined; to
perish; to decline; to decease; to die.
By Saint George, he's gone! That spear wound hath
our master sped. --Sir W.
11. To reach; to extend; to lead; as, a line goes across the
street; his land goes to the river; this road goes to New
His amorous expressions go no further than virtue
may allow. --Dryden.
12. To have recourse; to resort; as, to go to law.
Note: Go is used, in combination with many prepositions and
adverbs, to denote motion of the kind indicated by the
preposition or adverb, in which, and not in the verb,
lies the principal force of the expression; as, to go
against to go into, to go out, to go aside, to go
Go to, come; move; go away; -- a phrase of exclamation,
serious or ironical.
To go a-begging, not to be in demand; to be undesired.
To go about.
(a) To set about; to enter upon a scheme of action; to
undertake. ``They went about to slay him.'' --Acts
They never go about . . . to hide or palliate
their vices. --Swift.
(b) (Naut.) To tack; to turn the head of a ship; to wear.
To go abraod.
(a) To go to a foreign country.
(b) To go out of doors.
(c) To become public; to be published or disclosed; to be
Then went this saying abroad among the
brethren. --John xxi.
To go against.
(a) To march against; to attack.
(b) To be in opposition to; to be disagreeable to.
To go ahead.
(a) To go in advance.
(b) To go on; to make progress; to proceed.
To go and come. See To come and go, under Come.
To go aside.
(a) To withdraw; to retire.
He . . . went aside privately into a desert
place. --Luke. ix.
(b) To go from what is right; to err. --Num. v. 29.
To go back on.
(a) To retrace (one's path or footsteps).
(b) To abandon; to turn against; to betray. [Slang, U.
To go below
(Naut), to go below deck.
To go between, to interpose or mediate between; to be a
secret agent between parties; in a bad sense, to pander.
To go beyond. See under Beyond.
To go by, to pass away unnoticed; to omit.
To go by the board (Naut.), to fall or be carried
overboard; as, the mast went by the board.
To go down.
(a) To descend.
(b) To go below the horizon; as, the sun has gone down.
(c) To sink; to founder; -- said of ships, etc.
(d) To be swallowed; -- used literally or figuratively.
Nothing so ridiculous, . . . but it goes down
whole with him for truth. --L' Estrange.
To go far.
(a) To go to a distance.
(b) To have much weight or influence.
To go for.
(a) To go in quest of.
(b) To represent; to pass for.
(c) To favor; to advocate.
(d) To attack; to assault. [Low]
(e) To sell for; to be parted with for (a price).
To go for nothing, to be parted with for no compensation or
result; to have no value, efficacy, or influence; to count
To go forth.
(a) To depart from a place.
(b) To be divulged or made generally known; to emanate.
The law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of
the Lord from Jerusalem. --Micah iv. 2.
To go hard with, to trouble, pain, or endanger.
To go in, to engage in; to take part. [Colloq.]
To go in and out, to do the business of life; to live; to
have free access. --John x. 9.
To go in for. [Colloq.]
(a) To go for; to favor or advocate (a candidate, a
(b) To seek to acquire or attain to (wealth, honor,
(c) To complete for (a reward, election, etc.).
(d) To make the object of one's labors, studies, etc.
He was as ready to go in for statistics as for
anything else. --Dickens.
To go in to or unto.
(a) To enter the presence of. --Esther iv. 16.
(b) To have sexual intercourse with. [Script.]
To go into.
(a) To speak of, investigate, or discuss (a question,
(b) To participate in (a war, a business, etc.).
To go large.
(Naut) See under Large.
To go off.
(a) To go away; to depart.
The leaders . . . will not go off until they
hear you. --Shak.
(b) To cease; to intermit; as, this sickness went off.
(c) To die. --Shak.
(d) To explode or be discharged; -- said of gunpowder, of
a gun, a mine, etc.
(e) To find a purchaser; to be sold or disposed of.
(f) To pass off; to take place; to be accomplished.
The wedding went off much as such affairs do.
To go on.
(a) To proceed; to advance further; to continue; as, to
go on reading.
(b) To be put or drawn on; to fit over; as, the coat will
not go on.
To go all fours, to correspond exactly, point for point.
It is not easy to make a simile go on all fours.
To go out.
(a) To issue forth from a place.
(b) To go abroad; to make an excursion or expedition.
There are other men fitter to go out than I.
What went ye out for to see ? --Matt. xi. 7,
(c) To become diffused, divulged, or spread abroad, as
news, fame etc.
(d) To expire; to die; to cease; to come to an end; as,
the light has gone out.
Life itself goes out at thy displeasure.
To go over.
(a) To traverse; to cross, as a river, boundary, etc.; to
I must not go over Jordan. --Deut. iv.
Let me go over, and see the good land that is
beyond Jordan. --Deut. iii.
Ishmael . . . departed to go over to the
Ammonites. --Jer. xli.
(b) To read, or study; to examine; to review; as, to go
over one's accounts.
If we go over the laws of Christianity, we
shall find that . . . they enjoin the same
(c) To transcend; to surpass.
(d) To be postponed; as, the bill went over for the
(e) (Chem.) To be converted (into a specified substance
or material); as, monoclinic sulphur goes over into
orthorhombic, by standing; sucrose goes over into
dextrose and levulose.
To go through.
(a) To accomplish; as, to go through a work.
(b) To suffer; to endure to the end; as, to go through a
surgical operation or a tedious illness.
(c) To spend completely; to exhaust, as a fortune.
(d) To strip or despoil (one) of his property. [Slang]
(e) To botch or bungle a business. [Scot.]
To go through with, to perform, as a calculation, to the
end; to complete.
To go to ground.
(a) To escape into a hole; -- said of a hunted fox.
(b) To fall in battle.
To go to naught (Colloq.), to prove abortive, or
To go under.
(a) To set; -- said of the sun.
(b) To be known or recognized by (a name, title, etc.).
(c) To be overwhelmed, submerged, or defeated; to perish;
To go up, to come to nothing; to prove abortive; to fail.
To go upon, to act upon, as a foundation or hypothesis.
To go with.
(a) To accompany.
(b) To coincide or agree with.
(c) To suit; to harmonize with.
To go (
with, to affect (one) in such manner.
To go without, to be, or to remain, destitute of.
To go wrong.
(a) To take a wrong road or direction; to wander or
(b) To depart from virtue.
(c) To happen unfortunately.
(d) To miss success.
To let go, to allow to depart; to quit one's hold; to
Go, v. t.
1. To take, as a share in an enterprise; to undertake or
become responsible for; to bear a part in.
They to go equal shares in the booty. --L'Estrange.
2. To bet or wager; as, I'll go you a shilling. [Colloq.]
To go halves, to share with another equally.
To go it, to behave in a wild manner; to be uproarious; to
carry on; also, to proceed; to make progress. [Colloq.]
To go it alone (Card Playing), to play a hand without the
assistance of one's partner.
To go it blind.
(a) To act in a rash, reckless, or headlong manner.
(b) (Card Playing) To bet without having examined the
To go one's way, to set forth; to depart.
1. Act; working; operation. [Obs.]
So gracious were the goes of marriage. --Marston.
2. A circumstance or occurrence; an incident. [Slang]
This is a pretty go. --Dickens.
3. The fashion or mode; as, quite the go. [Colloq.]
4. Noisy merriment; as, a high go. [Colloq.]
5. A glass of spirits. [Slang]
6. Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance;
push; as, there is no go in him. [Colloq.]
7. (Cribbage) That condition in the course of the game when a
player can not lay down a card which will not carry the
aggregate count above thirty-one.
Great go, Little go, the final and the preliminary
examinations for a degree. [Slang, Eng. Univ.]
No go, a failure; a fiasco. [Slang] --Thackeray.
On the go, moving about; unsettled. [Colloq.]
Something that goes or is successful; a success; as, he made
a go of it; also, an agreement.
``Well,'' said Fleming, ``is it a go?'' --Bret Harte.
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Antonyms: be born, halt, malfunction, misfunction, no-go, stay in place, stop
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