Go - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡəʊ|  American pronunciation of the word go
Brit.  |ɡəʊ|  British pronunciation of the word go
irregular verb:  p.t. — went  p.p. — gone


- a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) (syn: spell, tour, turn)
it's my go
- street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine (syn: ecstasy)
- a usually brief attempt (syn: crack, fling, offer, pass, whirl)
- a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters


- change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically (syn: move, travel)
How fast does your new car go?
- follow a procedure or take a course (syn: move, proceed)
We should go farther in this matter
go about the world in a certain manner
Messages must go through diplomatic channels
- move away from a place into another direction (syn: depart, go away)
- enter or assume a certain state or condition (syn: become, get)
Get going!
- be awarded; be allotted
The first prize goes to Mary
- have a particular form (syn: run)
as the saying goes...
- stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point (syn: extend, lead, pass, run)
His knowledge doesn't go very far
- follow a certain course (syn: proceed)
how did your interview go?
- be abolished or discarded
These ugly billboards have to go!
These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge
- be or continue to be in a certain condition
- make a certain noise or sound (syn: sound)
- perform as expected when applied (syn: function, operate, run, work)
The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in
- to be spent or finished
The money had gone after a few days
- progress by being changed (syn: move, run)
The speech has to go through several more drafts
- continue to live and avoid dying (syn: endure, hold out, hold up, last, live, live on, survive)
- 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
- pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life (syn: choke, conk, croak, decease, die, exit, expire, pass, pass away, perish, pop off)
- be in the right place or situation (syn: belong)
Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government
Where do these books go?
- be ranked or compare
This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go
- begin or set in motion (syn: start)
Ready, set, go!
- have a turn; make one's move in a game (syn: move)
Can I go now?
- be contained in
How many times does 18 go into 54?
- be sounded, played, or expressed
How does this song go again?
- blend or harmonize (syn: blend)
This sofa won't go with the chairs
- lead, extend, or afford access (syn: lead)
This door goes to the basement
- be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired (syn: fit)
- go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way (syn: rifle)
- be spent
- give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number (syn: plump)
- stop operating or functioning (syn: break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out)


- functioning correctly and ready for action
all systems are go

Extra examples

He went to the window and looked out at the yard.

She goes to the office every morning and comes home in the evening.

I'm tired. Let's go home.

She went downstairs to the kitchen.

The train goes from New York to Chicago.

I went with my family to Rome last year.

We're going to Iowa for a week.

The car was going too fast.

How much farther do we have to go?

She went a long way to see him.

We are going too fast.

The baby went behind his mother to play a hiding game.

I'll go ahead and warn the others to expect you later.

My brother quickly passing him, went ahead, and won the match easily.

You've missed the bus, it just went by.

Phrasal verbs

go about  — begin to deal with
go along  — cooperate or pretend to cooperate
go around  — be sufficient
go away  — move away from a place into another direction
go back  — belong to an earlier time

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Word forms

I/you/we/they: go
he/she/it: goes
present participle: going
past tense: went
past participle: gone
singular: go
plural: goes
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