What does go mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. go, spell, tour, turn(noun)

    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 drug(noun)

    street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine

  3. crack, fling, go, pass, whirl, offer(noun)

    a usually brief attempt

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

  4. go, go game(adj)

    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. go(verb)

    functioning correctly and ready for action

    "all systems are go"

  6. travel, go, move, locomote(verb)

    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, move(verb)

    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, depart(verb)

    move away from a place into another direction

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

  9. become, go, get(verb)

    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. go(verb)

    be awarded; be allotted

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

  11. run, go(verb)

    have a particular form

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

  12. run, go, pass, lead, extend(verb)

    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, go(verb)

    follow a certain course

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

  14. go(verb)

    be abolished or discarded

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

  15. go(verb)

    be or continue to be in a certain condition

    "The children went hungry that day"

  16. sound, go(verb)

    make a certain noise or sound

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

  17. function, work, operate, go, run(verb)

    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, go(verb)

    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, run(verb)

    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 out(verb)

    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. go(verb)

    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 it(verb)

    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, go(verb)

    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. go(verb)

    be ranked or compare

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

  25. start, go, get going(verb)

    begin or set in motion

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

  26. move, go(verb)

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

    "Can I go now?"

  27. go(verb)

    be contained in

    "How many times does 18 go into 54?"

  28. go(verb)

    be sounded, played, or expressed

    "How does this song go again?"

  29. blend, go, blend in(verb)

    blend or harmonize

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

  30. go, lead(verb)

    lead, extend, or afford access

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

  31. fit, go(verb)

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

    "This piece won't fit into the puzzle"

  32. rifle, go(verb)

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

    "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"

  33. go(verb)

    be spent

    "All my money went for food and rent"

  34. plump, go(verb)

    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 down(verb)

    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. go(Noun)

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

  2. Go(ProperNoun)

    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. Go(ProperNoun)

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

  4. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Go


  2. Go(verb)

    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. Go(verb)

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

  4. Go(verb)

    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. Go(verb)

    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. Go(verb)

    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. Go(verb)

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

  8. Go(verb)

    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. Go(verb)

    to be with young; to be pregnant; to gestate

  10. Go(verb)

    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. Go(verb)

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

  12. Go(verb)

    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. Go(verb)

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

  14. Go(verb)

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

  15. Go(verb)

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

  16. Go(noun)

    act; working; operation

  17. Go(noun)

    a circumstance or occurrence; an incident

  18. Go(noun)

    the fashion or mode; as, quite the go

  19. Go(noun)

    noisy merriment; as, a high go

  20. Go(noun)

    a glass of spirits

  21. Go(noun)

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

  22. Go(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.

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

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