What does go mean?

Definitions for go

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word go.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. go, spell, tour, turnnoun

    a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)

    "it's my go"; "a spell of work"

  2. Adam, ecstasy, XTC, go, disco biscuit, cristal, X, hug drugnoun

    street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine

  3. crack, fling, go, pass, whirl, offernoun

    a usually brief attempt

    "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"

  4. go, go gameadjective

    a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters

  5. goverb

    functioning correctly and ready for action

    "all systems are go"

  6. travel, go, move, locomoteverb

    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

    "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"; "news travelled fast"

  7. go, proceed, moveverb

    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"

  8. go, go away, departverb

    move away from a place into another direction

    "Go away before I start to cry"; "The train departs at noon"

  9. become, go, getverb

    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!"

  10. goverb

    be awarded; be allotted

    "The first prize goes to Mary"; "Her money went on clothes"

  11. run, goverb

    have a particular form

    "the story or argument runs as follows"; "as the saying goes..."

  12. run, go, pass, lead, extendverb

    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"

  13. proceed, goverb

    follow a certain course

    "The inauguration went well"; "how did your interview go?"

  14. goverb

    be abolished or discarded

    "These ugly billboards have to go!"; "These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge"

  15. goverb

    be or continue to be in a certain condition

    "The children went hungry that day"

  16. sound, goverb

    make a certain noise or sound

    "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"

  17. function, work, operate, go, runverb

    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"

  18. run low, run short, goverb

    to be spent or finished

    "The money had gone after a few days"; "Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest"

  19. move, go, runverb

    progress by being changed

    "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting"

  20. survive, last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold outverb

    continue to live through hardship or adversity

    "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents"; "how long can a person last without food and water?"

  21. goverb

    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"

  22. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff itverb

    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

    "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"

  23. belong, goverb

    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?"

  24. goverb

    be ranked or compare

    "This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go"

  25. start, go, get goingverb

    begin or set in motion

    "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!"

  26. move, goverb

    have a turn; make one's move in a game

    "Can I go now?"

  27. goverb

    be contained in

    "How many times does 18 go into 54?"

  28. goverb

    be sounded, played, or expressed

    "How does this song go again?"

  29. blend, go, blend inverb

    blend or harmonize

    "This flavor will blend with those in your dish"; "This sofa won't go with the chairs"

  30. go, leadverb

    lead, extend, or afford access

    "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"

  31. fit, goverb

    be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired

    "This piece won't fit into the puzzle"

  32. rifle, goverb

    go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way

    "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"

  33. goverb

    be spent

    "All my money went for food and rent"

  34. plump, goverb

    give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number

    "I plumped for the losing candidates"

  35. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break downverb

    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"


  1. gonoun

    A board game, originally from China, played in East Asia, mostly in China, Japan, and Korea.

  2. Gonoun

    A board game played for over 2000 years. It is played with 181 black stones and 180 white ones, typically on a board of squares 19 squares wide and 19 deep.

  3. Gonoun

    A compiled, garbage-collected, concurrent programming language developed by .

  4. Etymology: From gon, from gan, from gānan, from ǵʰēh₁-. Cognate with ga, gean, gaan, gehen, gå. Compare also Albanian nngaj, Ancient Greek κιχάνω, Avestan, Sanskrit). Inherited past tense forms (compare eode), however, have since the 15th century been replaced by forms from wendan 'to go, depart, wend'; this process is called suppletion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To GOverb

    pret. I went; I have gone.

    Etymology: gan, Saxon. This was probably changed to gone, or gang, then contracted to go.

    You know that love
    Will creep in service where it cannot go. William Shakespeare.

    After some months those muscles become callous; and, having yielded to the extension, the patient makes shift to go upon it, though lamely. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Rise, let us be going. Mat. xxvi. 46.

    If there be cause for the church to go forth in solemn procession, his whole family have such business come upon them that no one can be spared. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 41.

    And must I go to him?
    —— Thou must run to him; for thou hast staid so long, that going will scarce serve the turn. William Shakespeare.

    I will only go through on my feet. Num. xx. 19.

    And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Mat. v. 41.

    From them I go,
    This uncouth errand sole. John Milton.

    Thus others we with defamation wound,
    While they stab us; and so the jest goes round. Dryden.

    I am in blood
    Stept in so far, that, should I wade no more,
    Returning were as tedious as go o’er. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I hope it be not gone, to tell my lord
    That I kiss aught but him. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    At once, good-night:
    Stand not upon the order of your going,
    But go at once. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Ye shall not go forth hence. Gen. xlii. 15.

    And when she had so said she went her way. Jo. xi. 28.

    I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice; only you shall not go very far away. Ex. viii. 28.

    Colchester oysters are put into pits, where the sea goeth and cometh. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    A young tall squire
    Did from the camp at first before him go Abraham Cowley, Davideis.

    Then I concur to let him go for Greece,
    And wish our Egypt fairly rid of him. John Dryden, Cleomenes.

    Go first the master of thy herds to find,
    True to his charge, a loyal swain and kind. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Though the vicar be bad, or the parson be evil,
    Go not for thy tything thyself to the devil. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry.

    She may go to bed when she list; all is as she will. William Shakespeare.

    You did wish that I would make her turn;
    Sir, she can turn and turn, and yet go on. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    I am glad to see your lordship abroad: I heard say your lordship was sick: I hope your lordship goes abroad by advice. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language. Gen. xi. 7.

    Let my Lord go amongst us. Ex. xxxiv. 9.

    The mourners go about the streets. Eccl. xii. 5.

    The sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Mac. iii. 6.

    Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp. Ex. xxxii. 27.

    The sun, which once did shine alone,
    Hung down his head, and wish’d for night,
    When he beheld twelve suns for one
    Going about the world, and giving light. George Herbert.

    This seen, the rest at awful distance stood,
    As if they had been there as servants set,
    To stay, or to go on, as he thought good,
    And not pursue, but wait on his retreat. John Dryden, Ann. Mir.

    Not turning them going, ’till you have given them all the satisfaction they are capable of, and so leading them by your answers into farther questions. John Locke.

    History only acquaints us that his fleet went up the Elbe, he having carried his arms as far as the banks of that river. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The last advice I give you relates to your behaviour when you are going to be hanged, which, either for robbing your master, for housebreaking, or going upon the highway, may very probably be your lot. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Footman.

    Those who come for gold will go off with pewter and brass, rather than return empty. Jonathan Swift.

    Thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. Jer. xxxi. 4.

    Whatever remains in story of Atlas, or his kingdom of old, is so obscured with age or fables, that it may go along with those of the Atlantick islands. William Temple.

    He goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men. Job xxxiv. 8.

    And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols, they shall even bear their iniquity. Ezek. xliv. 10.

    If I had unwarily too far engaged myself for the present publishing it, truely I should have kept it by me ’till I had once again gone over it. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul, Dedication.

    Thus I have gone through the speculative consideration of the Divine Providence. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    I hope, by going over all these particulars, you may receive some tolerable satisfaction about this great subject. South.

    If we go over the laws of Christianity, we shall find that, excepting a very few particulars, they enjoin the very same things, only they have made our duty more clear and certain. John Tillotson, Sermon 6.

    In their primary qualities we can go but a very little way. John Locke.

    I go over some parts of this argument again, and enlarge a little more upon them. John Locke.

    They are not able all their life-time to reckon, or regularly go over any moderate series of numbers. John Locke.

    I will go along by the highway; I will neither turn to the right hand, nor to the left. Deutr. ii. 27.

    Who shall bemoan thee? Or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest? Jer. xv. 5.

    His horses go about
    Almost a mile. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I have endeavoured to escape into the ease and freedom of a private scene, where a man may go his own way and his own pace. William Temple.

    You were advis’d his flesh was capable
    Of wounds and scars, and that his forward spirit
    Would lift where most trade of danger rang’d;
    Yet did you say go forth. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. Numb. xiii. 31.

    Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light. 1 Sa. xiv. 36.

    Thou art able to go against this Philistine to fight with him. 1 Sa. xvii. 33.

    The remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles as a lion among the beasts of the forest; who, if he go through, both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Mic. v. 8.

    We will not hearken to the king’s words to go from our religion. 1 Mac. ii. 22.

    The regard of the publick state, in so great a danger, made all those goodly things, which went so to wreck, to be lightly accounted of, in comparison of their lives and liberty. Richard Knolles.

    They become secretly discontent, and look upon men and matters with an evil eye; and are best pleased when things go backward, which is the worst property of a servant of a prince or state. Francis Bacon, Essay 37.

    All goes to ruin, they themselves contrive
    To rob the honey, and subvert the hive. John Dryden, Virg. Georg.

    Landed men, as well as others, by their providence and good husbandry, accommodating their expences to their income, keep themselves from going backwards in the world. John Locke.

    Cato, we all go into your opinion. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Seeing himself confronted by so many, like a resolute orator, he went not to denial, but to justify his cruel falsehood. Philip Sidney.

    Because this atheist goes mechanically to work, he will not offer to affirm that all the parts of the embryon could, according to his explication, be formed at a time. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 1 Cor. vi. 1.

    So extraordinary an example, in so degenerate an age, deserves for the rarity, and, I was going to say, for the incredibility of it, the attestation of all that knew him, and considered his worth. John Locke.

    Every goldsmith, eager to engross to himself as much as he could, was content to pay high for it, rather than go without. John Locke.

    Cloaths they must have; but if they speak for this stuff, or that colour, they should be sure to go without it. John Locke.

    He is far gone, and, truly, in my youth,
    I suffer’d much extremity for love,
    Very near this. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    They with the vanquish’d prince and party go,
    And leave their temples empty to the foe. Dryden.

    Timotheus himself fell into the hands of Dositheus and Sosipater, whom he besought with much craft to let him go with his life. 2 Mac. xii. 24.

    There be some women, Silvius, had they mark’d him
    In parcels as I did, would have gone near
    To fall in love with him. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    His disciples personally appeared among them, and ascertained the report which had gone abroad concerning a life so full of miracles. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.

    It has the greatest town in the island that goes under the name of Ano-Caprea, and is in several places covered with a very fruitful soil. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Because a fellow of my acquaintance set forth her praises in verse, I will only repeat them, and spare my own tongue, since she goes for a woman. Philip Sidney.

    And the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul. 1 Sa. xvii. 12.

    A kind imagination makes a bold man have vigour and enterprize in his air and motion: it stamps value upon his face, and tells the people he is to go for so much. Collier.

    Clipping should be finally stopped, and the money which remains should go according to its true value. John Locke.

    This pope is decrepid, and the bell goeth for him: take order that, when he is dead, there be chosen a pope of fresh years. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    Clocks will go as they are set; but man,
    Irregular man’s never constant, never certain. Thomas Otway.

    ’Tis with our judgments as our watches, none
    Go just alike, yet each believes his own. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Crit.

    The weyward sisters, hand in hand,
    Posters of the sea and land,
    Thus do go about, about. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Clipt and washed money goes about, when the entire and weighty lies hoarded up. Edmund Waller.

    Doctor, he is a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies: if you should fight, you go against the hair of your pro- fessions. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt; on which, if a man lean, it will go into his hand and pierce it. 2 Kings xviii. 21.

    Shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? 2 Kings xx. 9.

    The god I am, whose yellow water flows
    Around these fields, and fattens as it goes,
    Tyber my name. John Dryden, Æn.

    Athenians, know
    Against right reason all your counsels go;
    This is not fair, nor profitable that,
    Nor t'other question proper for debate. John Dryden, Pers.

    As a lion was bestriding an ox that he had newly plucked down, a robber passing by cried out to him, half shares: you should go your snip, says the lion, if you were not so forward to be your own carver. Roger L'Estrange.

    There was a hunting match agreed upon betwixt a lion, an ass, and a fox, and they were to go equal shares in the booty. Roger L'Estrange.

    Where the multitude beareth sway, laws that shall tend to the preservation of that state must make common smaller offices to go by lot, for fear of strife and divisions likely to arise. Hook.

    We are to go by another measure. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    The principles I there went on, I see no reason to alter. John Locke.

    The reasons that they went upon were very specious and probable. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Great bellied women,
    That had not half a week to go. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The fruit she goes with, I pray that it good time and life may find. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    Of living creatures some are a longer time in the womb, and some shorter: women go commonly nine months, the cow and the ewe about six months. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    Some do go with their young the sixth part of a year, or two over or under, that is, about six or nine weeks; and the whelps of these see not 'till twelve days. Brown.

    And now with second hopes she goes,
    And calls Lucina to her throws. John Milton.

    She began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. Judg. xvi. 19.

    When our merchants have brought them, if our commodities will not be enough, our money must go to pay for them. John Locke.

    Then he lets me go,
    And, with his head over his shoulder turn'd,
    He seem'd to find his way without his eyes. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Let go the hand of that arch heretick. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Scholars are close and frugal of their words, and not will-ing to let any go for ornament, if they will not serve for use. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    We must enquire farther what is the connexion of that sen-tence with those that go before it, and those which follow it. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Can another man perceive that I am conscious of any thing, when I perceive it not myself? No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience. John Locke.

    It is not one master that either directs or takes notice of these: it goes a great way barely to permit them. Roger L'Estrange.

    Considering the cheapness, so much money might go far-ther than a sum ten times greater could do now. John Wilkins.

    His amorous expressions go no further than virtue may allow. John Dryden, Ovid, Preface.

    Whose flesh, torn off by lumps, the rav'nous foe
    In morsels cut, to make it farther go. Nahum Tate, Juven. Sat.

    I had another reason to decline it, that ever uses to go far with me upon all new inventions or experiments; which is, that the best trial of them is by time, and observing whether they live or no. William Temple.

    'Tis a rule that goes a great way in the government of a sober man's life, not to put any thing to hazard that may be secured by industry, consideration, or circumspection. Roger L'Estrange.

    Whatever appears against their prevailing vice goes for nothing, being either not applied, or passing for libel and slander. Jonathan Swift.

    I think, as the world goes, he was a good sort of man enough. Arbuthnot.

    The medicines which go to the ointments are so strong, that, if they were used inwards, they would kill those that use them. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    More parts of the greater wheels go to the making one part of their lines. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 8.

    There goes a great many qualifications to the compleating this relation: there is no small share of honour and conscience and sufficiency required. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.

    I had some thoughts of giving the sex their revenge, by laying together the many vicious characters that prevail in the male world, and shewing the different ingredients that go to the making up of such different humours and constitutions. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 211.

    Something better and greater than high birth and quality must go toward acquiring those demonstrations of publick esteem and love. Jonathan Swift, to Pope.

    Your strong possession much more than your right,
    Or else it must go wrong with you and me. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Howe'er the business goes, you have made fault
    I' th' boldness of your speech. William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale.

    I will send to thy father, and they shall declare unto him how things go with thee. Tob. x. 8.

    In many armies, if the matter should be tried by duel be-tween two champions, the victory should go on the one side; and yet, if it be tried by the gross, it would go on the other side. Francis Bacon, Collection of Good and Evil.

    It has been the constant observation of all, that if a minister had a cause depending in the court, it was ten to one but it went against him. Robert South, Sermons.

    At the time of the prince's landing, the father, easily foreseeing how things would go, went over, like many others, to the prince. Jonathan Swift.

    Whether the cause goes for me or against me, you must pay me the reward. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    It shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle. Job xx.

    He called his name Beriah, because it went evil with his house. 1 Chr. vii. 23.

    How goes the night, boy?
    —The moon is down: I have not heard the clock;
    And she goes down at twelve.
    I take't 'tis later, sir. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I had hope, When violence was ceas'd, and war on earth,
    All would have then gone well. John Milton.

    Duration in itself is to be considered as going on in one constant, equal, uniform course. John Locke.

    O dear father,
    It is thy business that I go about. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I lost him; but so found, as well I saw
    He could not lose himself, but went about
    His father's business. Paradise Regain'd, b. ii.

    Which answer exceedingly united the vulgar minds to them, who concurred only with them as they saw them like to prevail in what they went about. Edward Hyde.

    Some men, from a false persuasion that they cannot reform their lives, break off their ill customs, and root out their old vicious habits, never so much as attempt, endeavour, or go about it. Robert South, Sermons.

    Either my book is plainly enough written to be rightly un-derstood by those who peruse it with attention and indiffe-rency, or else I have writ mine so obscurely that it is in vain to go about to mend it. Locke.

    They never go about, as in former times, to hide or palliate their vices; but expose them freely to view. Swift.

    If any man's wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him. Numb. v. 12.

    I did go between them, as I said; but more than that, he loved her; for, indeed, he was mad for her. William Shakespeare.

    Do not you come your tardy son to chide,
    That laps'd in time and passion, lets go by
    Th' important acting of your dread command? William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    So much the more our carver's excellent,
    Which lets go by some sixteen years, and makes her
    As she liv'd now. William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale.

    What's that to us? The time goes by; away. William Shakespeare.

    In argument with men a woman ever
    Goes by the worse, whatever be her cause. John Milton, Agonistes.

    He's sure to go by the worst that contends with an adversary that is too mighty for him. Roger L'Estrange.

    'Tis not to be supposed, that by searching one can positively judge of the size and form of a stone; and indeed the fre-quency of the fits, and violence of the symptoms, are a better rule to go by. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

    Nothing so ridiculous, nothing so impossible, but it goes down whole with him for truth and earnest. Roger L'Estrange.

    Folly will not easily go down in its own natural form with discerning judges. John Dryden, Aurengzebe, Preface.

    If he be hungry, bread will go down. John Locke.

    Ministers are so wise to leave their proceedings to be ac-counted for by reasoners at a distance, who often mould them into the systems that do not only go down very well in the coffeehouse, but are supplies for pamphlets in the present age. Jonathan Swift, on the present State of Affairs.

    The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in. Ps.

    He shall go in and out, and find pasture. John x. 9.

    I would the friends we miss were safe arriv'd:
    Some must go off; and yet, by these I see,
    So great a day as this is cheaply bought. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    In this manner he went off, not like a man that departed out of life, but one that returned to his abode. Tatler, №. 86.

    The leaders having charge from you to stand,
    Will not go off until they hear you speak. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    Bold Cethegus,
    Whose valour I have turn'd into his poison,
    And prais'd so to daring, as he would
    Go on upon the gods. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    He found it a great war to keep that peace, but was fain to go on in his story. Sidney, b. ii.

    He that desires only that the work of God and religion shall go on, is pleased with it, whoever is the instrument. Taylor.

    I have escaped many threats of ill fits by these motions: if they go on, the only poltice I have dealt with is wool from the belly of a fat sheep. William Temple.

    To look upon the soul as going on from strength to strength, to consider that she is to shine for ever with new accessions of glory, and brighten to all eternity, is agreeable. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    Go on chearfully in the glorious course you have undertaken. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 164.

    Copious bleeding is the most effectual remedy in the begin-ning of the disease; but when the expectoration goes on successfully, not so proper, because it sometimes suppresseth it. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    I have already handled some abuses during the late management, and in convenient time shall go on with the rest. Jonathan Swift.

    When we had found that design impracticable, we should not have gone on in so expensive a management of it. Jonathan Swift.

    Many clergymen write in so diminutive a manner, with such frequent blots and interlineations, that they are hardly able to go on without perpetual hesitations, or extraordinary expletives. Jonathan Swift.

    I wish you health to go on with that noble work. George Berkeley.

    In the change of religion, men of ordinary understandings don't so much consider the principles as the practice of those to whom they go over. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Power, which, according to the old maxim, was used to follow, is now gone over to money. Jonathan Swift.

    You need not have pricked me: there are other men fitter to go out than I. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Think'st thou the fiery fever will go out,
    With titles blown from adulation? William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Spirit of wine burned 'till it go out of itself, will burn no more. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The care of a state, or an army, ought to be as constant as the chymist's fire, to make any great production; and if it goes out for an hour, perhaps the whole operation fails. William Temple.

    The morning, as mistaken, turns about;
    And all her early fires again go out. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

    Let the acquaintance be decently buried, and the flame rather go out than be smothered. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.

    My blood runs cold, my heart forgets to heave,
    And life itself goes out at thy displeasure. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    And at her felt approach and secret might,
    Art after art goes out, and all is night. Alexander Pope, Dunciad, b. iii.

    Finding Pyrocles every way able to go through with that kind of life, he was as desirous for his sake as for his own to enter into it. Sidney, b. ii.

    If you can as well go through with the statute laws of that land, I will think you have not lost all your time there. Edmund Spenser.

    Kings ought not to suffer their council to go through with the resolution and direction, as if it depended on them, but take the matter back into their own hands. Francis Bacon, Essay 21.

    He much feared the earl of Antrim had not steadiness of mind enough to go through with such an undertaking. Edward Hyde.

    The amazing difficulty and greatness of his account will rather terrify than inform him, and keep him from setting heartily about such a task, as he despairs ever to go through with it. Robert South, Sermons.

    The powers in Germany are borrowing money, in order to go through their part of the expence. Joseph Addison, on the War.

    I tell thee that it is absolutely necessary for the common good that thou shouldst go through this operation. Arbuthnot.


  1. Go

    Go is a song by British rock band Asia, released as the lead-off single from their third studio album Astra. A 7" single with "After the War" as the B-side was issued in the United States and the United Kingdom in November 1985 by Geffen Records. Additionally, remix and instrumental versions made by keyboard player Geoff Downes were issued as a 12" single in the United Kingdom. Like most of the songs from the album, "Go" was written by vocalist/bassist John Wetton and Downes. It features Mandy Meyer's prominent guitar work. An official music video was produced and, despite it being a big MTV hit, the single only attained a peak of number 46, on the Billboard Hot 100.


  1. go

    The general definition of "go" refers to the act of moving or traveling from one place to another, engaging in an activity or task, or progressing or advancing in some way. It can also be used to express permission or as a way of indicating a successful outcome or result.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Go


  2. Goverb

    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

  3. Goverb

    to move upon the feet, or step by step; to walk; also, to walk step by step, or leisurely

  4. Goverb

    to be passed on fron one to another; to pass; to circulate; hence, with for, to have currency; to be taken, accepted, or regarded

  5. Goverb

    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

  6. Goverb

    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

  7. Goverb

    to apply one's self; to set one's self; to undertake

  8. Goverb

    to proceed by a mental operation; to pass in mind or by an act of the memory or imagination; -- generally with over or through

  9. Goverb

    to be with young; to be pregnant; to gestate

  10. Goverb

    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

  11. Goverb

    to pass away; to depart forever; to be lost or ruined; to perish; to decline; to decease; to die

  12. Goverb

    to reach; to extend; to lead; as, a line goes across the street; his land goes to the river; this road goes to New York

  13. Goverb

    to have recourse; to resort; as, to go to law

  14. Goverb

    to take, as a share in an enterprise; to undertake or become responsible for; to bear a part in

  15. Goverb

    to bet or wager; as, I'll go you a shilling

  16. Gonoun

    act; working; operation

  17. Gonoun

    a circumstance or occurrence; an incident

  18. Gonoun

    the fashion or mode; as, quite the go

  19. Gonoun

    noisy merriment; as, a high go

  20. Gonoun

    a glass of spirits

  21. Gonoun

    power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance; push; as, there is no go in him

  22. Gonoun

    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

  23. Etymology: [OE. gan, gon, AS. gn, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. gn, gn, SW. g, Dan. gaae; cf. Gr. kicha`nai to reach, overtake, Skr. h 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. 47a. Cf. Gang, v. i., Wend.]


  1. Go

    Go is a board game for two players that originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. The game is noted for being rich in strategy despite its relatively simple rules. According to chess master Emanuel Lasker: "The rules of Go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play Go." The two players alternately place black and white playing pieces, called "stones", on the vacant intersections of a grid of 19×19 lines. The object of the game is to use one's stones to surround a larger total area of the board than the opponent. Once placed on the board, stones may not be moved, but stones are removed from the board if captured; this is done by surrounding an opposing stone or group of stones by occupying all orthogonally-adjacent points. Players continue in this fashion until neither player wishes to make another move; the game has no set ending conditions. When a game concludes, the controlled points are counted along with captured stones to determine who has more points. Games may also be won by resignation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Go

    gō, v.i. to pass from one place to another: to be in motion: to proceed: to walk: to depart from: to lead in any direction: to extend: to tend: to be about to do: to pass in report: to pass, as in payment: to be accounted in value: to happen in a particular way: to turn out: to fare: to give way:—pr.p. gō′ing; pa.t. went; pa.p. gone (gon).—n. affair, matter, as in 'a pretty go:' fashion, as in 'all the go:' energy, activity.—adj. Go′-ahead′, dashing, energetic.—ns. Go′-between′, Gō′er-between′ (Shak.), one who is agent between two parties; Go′-by, escape by artifice: evasion: any intentional disregard: in coursing, the act of passing by or ahead in motion.—adj. Go-to-meet′ing (coll.), used of clothes, good and fit for public use.—Go about (B.), to set one's self about: to seek: to endeavour; Go about one's business, to attend to one's duties: to be off; Go abroad, to go to a foreign country: to leave one's house; Go against, to invade: to be repugnant to; Go aside, to err: to withdraw, retire; Go at, to attack; Go beyond (B.), to overreach; Go down, to sink, decline: to be believed or accepted; Go far, to last long; Go for, to pass for: to attack: to take up a line of policy; Go for nothing, to have no value; Go hard with, to be in real difficulty or danger; Go in and out, to come and go freely; Go in for, to be in favour of: to aim after; Go in unto, to have sexual intercourse with; Go it, to act in a striking or dashing manner—often in imperative by way of encouragement; Go off, to leave: to die: to explode: to fade; Go on, to proceed; Go one better, to take a bet and add another more to it: to excel another in fitness for some purpose; Go one's way, to depart; Go out, to become extinct or expire; Go over, to study, to examine; Go the whole hog, to go to the fullest extent; Go through, to perform thoroughly, to accomplish; Go through fire and water, to undertake any trouble or risks for one's end (from the usage in ancient ordeals); Go to, come now (a kind of interjection, like the L. agedum, the Gr. ἄγε νυν); Go to pieces, to break up entirely, to be dismembered; Go to the wall, to be pushed aside, passed by; Go under, to be called by some title or character: to be overwhelmed or ruined, to die; Go well, to prosper; Go with, to accompany: to agree, accord; Go without saying, to be plainly self-evident (Fr. Cela va sans dire).—Great go, a degree examination, compared with Little go, a preliminary examination in the university of Cambridge; Let go, to release, to quit hold of; No go, not possible: of no use. [A.S. gán, contr. for gangan, to go; cf. Ger. gehen, Dut. gaan.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. go

    The verb “to go” is variously used in a military sense; as, to march in a hostile or warlike manner. To go off implies to depart from any post. To go on is to make an attack. To go over is to revolt. To go out, to go upon any expedition, etc. It was likewise frequently used to signify the act of fighting a duel; as, he went out with so and so.

Editors Contribution

  1. go

    To function accurately.

    The ferry did go on time and everyone was delighted.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

  2. go

    To travel to a specific location.

    They did go to the beach for the day and had a beautiful time together.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 23, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Go is ranked #7607 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Go surname appeared 4,370 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Go.

    86.6% or 3,785 total occurrences were Asian.
    6.1% or 270 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 155 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3% or 135 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'go' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #128

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'go' in Written Corpus Frequency: #62

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'go' in Nouns Frequency: #1749

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'go' in Verbs Frequency: #10

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of go in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of go in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of go in a Sentence

  1. Avraham Burkei:

    It's a little scary, but we're going to have to go on with our lives. We're staying here, we're not moving anywhere. This terrorist attack is not going to change anything.

  2. Man President Luke Ellis:

    The basic dynamics of the market are with us for a while. It's not cool to go to a cocktail and say the answer is 'own bonds and lots of bonds, and be long the dollar and continue to own the Nikkei and be short the yen, Everybody likes to turn up to a cocktail party and call turning points, but I don't think we're seeing one ... We may have a change in printing press, but it's the same environment, and the great thing about computers is they don't go to cocktail parties.

  3. H.L. Mencken:

    I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them.

  4. Billy Madison:

    Billy Shampoo is better. I go on first and clean the hair. Conditioner is better. I leave the hair silky and smooth. Oh, really, fool Really.

  5. Michael Corcelli:

    Absolutely, without a doubt, Right now Apple is the most obvious thing that has to go up.

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