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go
I. verb (went; gone; going; goes) Etymology: Middle English gon, from Old English gān; akin to Old High German gān to go, Greek kichanein to reach, attain Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to move on a course ; proceed <
go slow
>
<
went by train
>
— compare stop 2. to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied ; leave, depart <
went from school to the party
>
<
going away for vacation
>
3. a. to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure <
reports go through channels to the president
>
b. to pass by means of a process like journeying <
the message went by wire
>
c. to proceed without delay and often in a thoughtless or reckless manner — used especially to intensify a complementary verb <
why did you go and spoil it
>
<
go jump in a lake
>
d. (1) to extend from point to point or in a certain direction <
the road goes to the lake
>
(2) to give access ; lead <
that door goes to the cellar
>
4. obsolete walk 5. to be habitually in a certain state or condition <
go bareheaded
>
6. a. to become lost, consumed, or spent <
our time has gone
>
b. die c. to slip away ; elapse <
the evening went quickly
>
d. to come to be given up or discarded <
these slums have to go
>
e. to pass by sale <
went for a good price
>
f. to become impaired or weakened <
his hearing started to go
>
g. to give way especially under great force or pressure ; break <
the roof went
>
7. a. to move along in a specified manner ; fare <
everything was going well
>
b. to be in general or on an average <
cheap, as yachts go
>
c. to be or become especially as the result of a contest <
the election went in her favor
>
d. to turn out well ; succeed <
worked hard to make the party go
>
8. a. to apply oneself <
went to work on the problem
>
b. to put or subject oneself <
went to unnecessary expense
>
c. chiefly Southern & Midland intend <
I didn't go to do it
>
9. to have recourse to another for corroboration, vindication, or decision ; resort <
go to court to recover damages
>
10. a. to begin an action or motion <
here goes
>
b. to maintain or perform a certain action or motion <
still going strong
>
c. to function in the proper or expected manner ; run <
the motor won't go
>
11. to be known <
goes by an alias
>
12. a. to act in accordance or harmony <
a good rule to go by
>
b. to come to be determined <
dreams go by contraries
>
c. to come to be applied or appropriated <
all proceeds go to charity
>
d. to pass by award, assignment, or lot <
the prize went to a sophomore
>
e. (1) to contribute to an end or result <
qualities that go to make a hero
>
(2) to be of advantage <
has a lot going for her
>
13. to be about, intending, or expecting something — used in a progressive tense before an infinitive <
is going to leave town
>
14. a. extend <
his knowledge fails to go very deep
>
b. to come or arrive at a certain state or condition <
go to sleep
>
c. to come to be ; become <
the tire went flat
>
— often used to express conversion to specified values or a specified state <
gone Hollywood
>
<
go condo
>
d. to undergo a change <
leaves go from green to red
>
15. a. to be in phrasing or expression ; read <
as the story goes
>
b. to be capable of being sung or played <
the tune goes like this
>
16. to be compatible, suitable, or becoming ; harmonize <
the tie goes with his suit
>
17. a. to be capable of passing, extending, or being contained or inserted <
will these clothes go in your suitcase
>
b. to have a usual or proper place or position ; belong <
these books go on the top shelf
>
18. to have a tendency ; conduce <
it goes to show
>
19. a. (1) to carry authority <
what she said went
>
(2) to be acceptable, satisfactory, or adequate <
anything goes here
>
b. to hold true ; be valid <
the rule goes for you, too
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>
20. to empty the bladder or bowels transitive verb 1. to proceed along or according to ; follow <
if I were going his way
>
<
went the conventional route
>
2. to travel through or along ; traverse <
went the length of the street
>
3. a. to make a wager of ; bet <
go a dollar on the outcome
>
b. to make an offer of ; bid <
willing to go $50 for the clock
>
4. a. to assume the function or obligation of <
promised to go bail for his friend
>
b. to participate to the extent of <
decided to go halves on the winnings
>
5. yield, weigh <
this fish goes ten pounds
>
6. a. to put up with ; tolerate <
couldn't go the noise
>
b. afford <
can't go the price
>
c. enjoy <
I could go a soda
>
7. a. to cause (a characteristic sound) to occur <
the gun went bang
>
b. say — used chiefly in oral narration of speech 8. to engage in <
don't go telling everyone
>
9. of a sports team or player to have a record of <
went 11-0 last season
>
goer noun II. noun (plural goes) Date: 1727 1. the act or manner of going 2. the height of fashion ; rage <
elegant shawls labeled…“quite the go” — R. S. Surtees
>
3. an often unexpected turn of affairs ; occurrence 4. the quantity used or furnished at one time <
you can obtain a go of brandy for sixpence — C. B. Fairbanks
>
5. energy, vigor 6. a. a turn in an activity (as a game) <
it's your go
>
b. attempt, try <
have a go at painting
>
7. a spell of activity <
finished the job at one go
>
8. success <
made a go of the business
>
9. permission to proceed ; go-ahead <
gave the astronauts a go for another orbit
>
III. adjective Date: 1961 functioning properly ; being in good and ready condition <
declared all systems go
>
IV. noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Japanese Date: 1890 a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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