go1 [ gou ] (past tense went [ went ] ; past participle gone [ gɔn ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 move/travel
▸ 2 travel to activity
▸ 3 continue to place/time
▸ 4 happen
▸ 5 be kept somewhere/fit
▸ 6 change to/be in state
▸ 7 get worse/stop working
▸ 8 die
▸ 9 be sent
▸ 10 when time passes
▸ 11 to be spent/used
▸ 12 leave job/organization
▸ 13 make sound
▸ 14 move particular way
▸ 15 about story/music etc.
▸ 16 say
▸ 17 begin doing something
▸ 18 spend time doing something
▸ 19 operate correctly
▸ 20 be sold
▸ 21 pay money for something
▸ 22 get rid of body waste
1. ) intransitive go to/into/through/across etc. to move or travel to a place that is away from where you are now:
Where did Sue go?
She went into the bathroom and rinsed her face in cold water.
The quickest way to get to the library is to go through the park.
We're planning to go to Arizona this winter.
go by car/train/airplane etc.: They'll be going from London to Paris by train.
a ) to leave a place:
What time are you going tomorrow?
I'm tired; let's go.
b ) to move or travel to a place or leave a place in order to do a particular thing:
go to: They've gone to a concert in town tonight.
go to prison/jail: He went to prison for life.
go to lunch/dinner: Are you ready to go to lunch yet?
go to the doctor('s)/dentist('s)/hairdresser('s) etc.: I'm leaving early to go to the dentist.
go to/into the hospital: He went into the hospital for a routine operation last Tuesday.
go and do something: I have to go and pick up my friends at the airport.
go to do something: Jim went to buy some more ice cream about ten minutes ago.
go shopping/fishing/dancing etc.: On hot days the kids would go swimming in the river.
go for a swim/ride/walk etc.: They went for a walk around the neighborhood.
c ) to move in a particular way or while doing a particular thing:
go flying/crying etc.: Two jet fighters went racing across the sky.
d ) to travel to a place along a particular road or as part of a transportation service:
The bus goes right to the center of town.
2. ) intransitive to travel to a particular place regularly in order to take part in an activity:
go to: None of her brothers went to college.
When I was young, we went to church every Sunday.
3. ) intransitive go from/to/past etc. to continue from one place or time to another:
The 350-kilometer jungle highway going from Georgetown to Brazil was built with World Bank funds.
4. ) intransitive to happen in a particular way:
how are things going?/how's it going?: How are things going at work?
go well/smoothly/badly etc.: I think the interview went very well.
5. ) intransitive go in/under/beside etc. to be usually kept or put in a particular place:
The spoons go in the other drawer.
a ) if something goes in a particular place, it fits there because it is the right size or shape:
There's no way all this stuff will go in the box.
b ) to be suitable, right, or attractive in a particular place or in a particular combination:
It's the kind of furniture that would go well in any room.
I don't think these colors really go, do you?
6. ) linking verb to change to another condition, usually a worse one:
go deaf/blind/gray/bald etc.: Louise had gone completely blind before she died.
go wild/crazy/mad: We knew they would go crazy if they ever found out.
go bad/sour/rotten: The milk smells like it's going bad.
a ) to be in a particular state or situation, especially one in which you do not have something or in which something is not done:
go barefoot/naked/topless etc.: We both love going barefoot on the beach.
go hungry: Thousands of people are being allowed to go hungry.
go unseen/unheard etc.: Most of their hard work seems to have gone unnoticed.
The Western powers could not allow such an act of terrorism to go unpunished.
7. ) intransitive to start being in a worse state or stop working correctly as a result of becoming old or damaged:
Her hearing is really starting to go.
The battery in this watch is going.
8. ) intransitive SPOKEN to die:
When it's your time to go, there's nothing you can do about it.
9. ) intransitive to be sent:
I'd like this letter to go first class.
go to: The memo should go to all employees.
10. ) intransitive if time goes in a particular way, it passes in that way:
go fast/quickly/slowly: This week's gone so fast I can't believe it's Friday already.
11. ) intransitive to be spent:
Where did all their money go?
go on/for: Half of the check went on new shoes for the kids.
a ) if a supply of something goes, it becomes less because more and more of it is used:
We were worried because the food was completely gone and the water was going fast.
b ) to be gotten rid of:
have got to go: These old sneakers have got to go.
c ) to disappear:
I put my book on the table, and now it's gone.
12. ) intransitive to leave a job or organization, especially because you are forced to:
They can fire me, but I won't go quietly.
13. ) transitive to make a particular sound, especially the typical sound of a particular animal:
Cows go moo.
His alarm kept going beep, beep, beep.
a ) intransitive MAINLY BRITISH to make a sound as a signal:
No one leaves until the bell goes.
14. ) intransitive INFORMAL to move in a particular way:
He kept going like this with his head.
15. ) intransitive or transitive to consist of a particular series of words, facts, or musical notes:
That's not the way the song goes.
the story/saying/argument goes (that): The story goes that this castle was built by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.
16. ) transitive VERY INFORMAL used when you are telling a story for saying what someone has said:
So he goes, I know what I'm doing , and she goes, I don't think so .
17. ) intransitive to begin doing something:
Nobody starts till I say Go .
be ready to go: We've planned every detail and are ready to go.
get going (on something): It won't take me long once I get going.
18. ) intransitive or transitive to continue or last for a particular amount of time while doing something:
go (for) days/weeks/months etc.: He went several days without eating a single thing.
19. ) intransitive if a machine or piece of equipment goes, it operates correctly: WORK:
My old watch is still going.
20. ) intransitive to be sold:
Tickets are going very fast, so I'd advise you to get yours now.
be going cheap (=be for sale at a low price): There are some lovely bathroom tiles going cheap today.
21. ) intransitive to pay or accept a particular amount of money for something:
I can't go any higher than $500.
22. ) intransitive SPOKEN to go to the toilet:
I need to go right now.
as someone/something goes
when you consider what other people or things of the same type are like:
As history textbooks go, this one is pretty good.
be going to do something
1. ) to intend to do something:
I'm going to watch TV tonight.
2. ) to be about to do something:
You're going to fall if you're not careful.
Don't worry. Everything's going to be all right.
don't go doing something SPOKEN
used for telling someone not to do something:
Take your time and don't go rushing into anything.
go all out (to do something/for something)
to try as hard as you can to achieve something:
American companies are going all out to secure overseas contracts.
We're going all out for a big win in Saturday's game.
go all the way INFORMAL
to have sex with someone
go and do something SPOKEN
used for saying that someone has done something silly or annoying:
Julia went and told Philip that she saw you kissing his best friend.
have gone and done it (=have done something extremely silly): You've really gone and done it this time!
go do something SPOKEN
used for telling someone to do something, especially when you are annoyed:
If you hate this job so much, go get another!
go far
to be successful in what you try to do:
With all her skill and ambition, I'm sure Leah will go far.
going, going, gone
used by an AUCTIONEER for saying that an object has just been sold
go it alone
to do something without depending on anyone else for help
go one better (than)
to do something better than someone else has done or better than you have done before
go to do something
if an action, event, or situation goes to do something, it helps to do it:
go to show (someone) (that): It just goes to show that politicians will say anything to get elected.
go to prove a point: It all goes to prove my point that you can never be too careful.
go too far
to behave in a way that is unreasonable:
Threatening legal action is really going too far.
not go far
1. ) used for saying that you cannot buy very much with a particular amount of money:
Twenty dollars doesn't go very far these days.
2. ) used for saying that a supply of something is not enough:
A few sandwiches won't go far among all of us.
not go there SPOKEN
used for saying that you do not want to hear about, discuss, or consider a particular subject:
The situation in my office! I'm not even going to go there!
don't go there: I'm telling you don't go there, I don't want to talk about it.
to go
1. ) remaining:
There are just three weeks to go before the end of semester.
2. ) not yet done or dealt with:
Only two chapters to go, and then I'm finished.
3. ) if you order food to go from a restaurant, you take it and eat it somewhere else:
Do you want this pizza to go?
the way things are going
used for saying what seems likely to happen as a result of what is happening now:
The way things are going, I should be finished by next week.
where does someone go from here?
used for asking what someone can do next in a particular situation, especially a difficult one
who goes there? SPOKEN
used by a soldier guarding a place for asking who is coming toward them
,go a`bout phrasal verb
1. ) transitive go about something to do something that you normally do in your usual way:
go about your business/work/daily life etc.: There were no further reports of violence in the town, and most people went about their daily activities as usual.
2. ) transitive go about something to start dealing with a problem, situation, or job in a particular way:
I think I'd go about it quite differently.
go about doing something: How did you go about finding a job?
3. ) intransitive or transitive BRITISH same as GO AROUND 1
4. ) intransitive or transitive same as GO AROUND 2
5. ) intransitive or transitive same as GO AROUND 3
6. ) intransitive BRITISH TECHNICAL if a ship goes about, it turns and sails in the opposite direction
,go `after phrasal verb transitive
1. ) go after someone to try to catch or stop someone:
You'd better go after her and tell her you're sorry.
a ) to try to arrest or punish someone:
It would be dangerous to go after the killer on your own.
2. ) go after something to try to get something that other people are also competing for:
Our company is going after the software market in southern California.
,go a`gainst phrasal verb transitive go against someone/something
1. ) to oppose someone or something:
Building it here would go against the wishes of the local community.
a ) go against something to be opposed to something:
This goes against everything I've been brought up to believe in.
2. ) if something such as a decision or judgment goes against you, you do not get the decision or judgment you wanted:
It appears likely that the judge's ruling will go against them.
,go a`head phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to start or continue to do something, especially after waiting for permission:
Go ahead, he insisted. I won't interrupt again.
go ahead and do something: Go ahead and eat before everything gets cold.
go ahead with: The city will go ahead with its plans for a new stadium in the summer.
2. ) to go to a place before someone else you are with:
You go ahead and we'll wait here for Sally.
go ahead of: Don went ahead of the others to try to find help.
3. ) to happen:
The party went ahead as planned.
,go a`long phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to continue to happen or develop:
Everything was going along just fine until she turned up.
a ) to continue doing something:
as someone goes along (=while doing something else): The teacher seemed to be making up the lesson as he went along.
2. ) to travel somewhere with someone else:
He's going to New York tomorrow and I think I might just go along too.
,go a`long with phrasal verb transitive
1. ) go along with someone/something to agree with someone or something:
I think Alice's point goes along with what Tim was saying.
2. ) go along with something to agree to do something together with other people:
They describe him as a weak man who went along with the scheme out of fear.
,go a`round phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to behave or be dressed in a particular way:
Why do you always go around without any shoes on?
go around doing something: You can't go around saying things like that!
2. ) intransitive or transitive usually progressive go around something if something such as an illness or a piece of news is going around, people are giving or telling it to each other:
He caught the flu virus that's going around.
There's a story going around the office that you're thinking of quitting.
3. ) intransitive go around with/together to spend a lot of time with someone, going to different places and doing things:
She used to go around with Susannah all the time.
4. ) intransitive to visit a person or a place:
I went around last night, but no one was in.
go around to: Are you going around to Tom's after work?
5. ) intransitive to be enough so that everyone can have one or some:
be enough to go around: In some classes, there aren't even enough books to go around.
6. ) intransitive to move in a circle:
The hands of the clock seemed to go around so slowly.
what goes around comes around
used for saying that the way you behave toward other people will influence the way other people behave toward you in the future
`go at phrasal verb transitive
1. ) go at someone to attack someone violently:
The two boys were going at each other like mad dogs.
2. ) go at something to do something with a lot of enthusiasm or energy:
Harbury was young and ambitious and went at things with a daunting eagerness.
,go a`way phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to move or travel away from a person or place:
If he's bothering you, tell him to go away.
a ) to leave your home for a period of time, especially for a vacation:
We've decided to go away for a long weekend.
2. ) to stop existing or being noticeable:
The pain should go away in a couple of hours.
,go `back phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to return to a person, place, subject, or activity:
It started to rain, so we decided to go back.
go back to: We didn't think he'd go back to his wife after everything that's happened.
I'd like to go back to what Abby was saying just a minute ago.
She should be well enough to go back to work on Wednesday.
go back to doing something: The computer breaks down and you go back to writing things down on pieces of paper.
go back for: I left my keys in the office and had to go back for them.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to have existed since or for a particular time:
My interest in the subject goes back many years.
go back to: Some of these houses go back to the early 19th century.
a ) transitive SPOKEN if two people go back a particular period of time, they have known each other for that period of time:
We go back a long time, don't we?
,go `back on phrasal verb transitive
go back on something to fail to do something that you have promised or agreed to do:
go back on your word/promise: Both leaders feared that the other would go back on his word.
`go be,fore phrasal verb
1. ) transitive go before someone/something to be considered by a judge, committee, or other authority as part of an official process:
The case is scheduled to go before the Court of Appeals next week.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to have happened previously:
a brief summary of what has gone before
,go be`yond phrasal verb transitive go beyond something
1. ) to be more than something:
The cost of the new prison should not go beyond $12 million.
2. ) to refer to, deal with, or include more things than something:
The British representative argued against any major changes that would go beyond the 1992 Treaty.
,go `by phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive if time goes by, it passes:
Last month went by so fast.
2. ) transitive go by something to accept what someone or something says when you are deciding what to do or think:
Going by what Tim said, we should be there by mid-afternoon.
go by the book (=obey rules without considering whether they are right): Police officers protect themselves from criticism by going by the book.
a ) go by something to base an opinion on something:
go by appearances: It's never very wise to go by appearances.
3. ) transitive go by something to use a particular name for yourself that is not your real name:
In the 1970s she went by the name of Ricki.
4. ) intransitive or transitive go by something to move past a place or stop there for a short time during a journey:
I went by the post office on the way home.
,go `down phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to become less:
No one expects house prices to go down in the near future.
How long will it take for the swelling to go down?
The crime rate shows no signs of going down.
2. ) to sink below the surface of the water:
The ship went down off the coast of Africa.
a ) to fall to the ground:
We watched as the airplane went down in a fiery blaze.
b ) when the sun or moon goes down, it moves below the HORIZON so you cannot see it anymore: SET
c ) go down to to be long enough to reach a particular lower point or level:
There were steps going down to what had once been a lawn.
3. ) to travel toward the south:
go down to: The family is going down to Florida for spring break.
a ) BRITISH to travel to a place that is smaller or less important than the place you are leaving:
go down to: We're going down to the country next weekend.
4. ) to be remembered or recorded in a particular place or way:
go down as: Hansen will go down as one of the best teachers this school has ever had.
go down in: Both their names went down in the referee's notebook.
The efforts they made will go down in history.
5. ) to produce a particular reaction:
go down well/badly (with someone): The plan to raise rents has not gone down well with tenants.
6. ) if food or drink goes down, you swallow it:
You need smaller pills that go down more easily.
7. ) to be defeated in a competition, especially in sports:
go down to: Canada went down 3 1 to the Russian team.
a ) BRITISH to move to a lower DIVISION in a sports LEAGUE (=a group of teams):
I grew up a United fan, said Little. I'll be very sad if they go down.
8. ) if something such as a computer or an electrical system goes down, it stops working for a period of time
9. ) if lights go down, especially in a theater, they gradually become less bright and are switched off
10. ) to become worse:
The quality of their products has really gone down in the past few years.
I was nowhere near here when the robbery went down.
12. ) BRITISH to leave a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the end of a TERM (=period of study) or a course of study
─ opposite GO UP
13. ) BRITISH INFORMAL to go to prison
go down in someone's opinion
to become less respected by someone than you were before, because of something you have done
,go `down on phrasal verb transitive IMPOLITE
go down on someone to have ORAL SEX with someone
,go `down with phrasal verb transitive BRITISH INFORMAL
go down with something to become sick with a particular illness:
Three people in my office have gone down with the flu.
`go for phrasal verb transitive
1. ) go for something INFORMAL to try to get something that you have to compete for:
There were 200 people going for just three jobs.
a ) go for it SPOKEN used for encouraging someone to do something or to try very hard
2. ) go for someone/something INFORMAL to like a particular type of person or thing:
I don't really go for horror movies.
So what type of men do you go for?
3. ) go for something INFORMAL to choose a particular thing:
I think I'll go for the steak. What are you having?
4. ) go for someone INFORMAL to attack someone physically
a ) to criticize someone strongly
5. ) go for something to be sold for a particular amount of money:
We expect the house to go for about $200,000.
6. ) go for someone/something to go somewhere in order to get someone or something:
She's just gone for the kids she'll be back any minute.
I'm going to go for a newspaper.
7. ) go for someone/something to be true or relevant for someone or something:
We expect you boys to behave yourselves, and the same goes for the girls.
8. ) if a person or thing has something going for them, they have an advantage, skill, or other positive quality:
have something going for you: With its wide variety and low prices, the new store has a lot going for it.
go for nothing
to achieve nothing or be completely wasted:
I'd have hated for all that work to go for nothing.
,go `in phrasal verb intransitive MAINLY BRITISH
when the sun or moon goes in, clouds move in front of it
,go `in for phrasal verb transitive
go in for something to enjoy a particular thing or activity:
I don't go in for golf much.
,go `into phrasal verb transitive go into something
1. ) to start working in a particular type of job or business:
Alex has decided to go into nursing.
Eric went into the army right after high school.
2. ) to deal with something in detail:
That's a good question, but I don't want to go into it now.
The company is refusing to go into detail about its offer.
3. ) to be used or spent in order to do something:
Over 50% of the budget went into the design of the equipment.
go into doing something: Months of hard work have gone into making tonight's ceremony a success.
4. ) if a smaller number goes into a larger number, the larger number can be divided by the smaller a particular number of times:
5 goes into 25 5 times.
4 into 20 goes 5.
9 into 23 won't go.
5. ) to change to a different movement, state, or condition, usually a worse one:
Her car went into a dangerous spin.
Fur sales went into a steep decline last month.
One of the victims went into a coma and died.
6. ) to start an explanation or statement, especially a long and boring one:
He went into a long rant about the high price of gasoline.
7. ) to crash into something:
The truck swerved violently and went into a wall.
,go `in with phrasal verb transitive
go in with someone to join together with someone else in order to do something such as start a business:
She's gone in with a coworker on a new restaurant idea.
,go `off phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to explode or be fired:
The gun went off while he was cleaning it.
2. ) intransitive to start making a noise as a signal or warning:
I was just lying in bed waiting for the alarm to go off.
3. ) intransitive if something such as a light or an electricity supply goes off, it stops working or being available:
All the lights in the building suddenly went off.
4. ) intransitive to leave a place, especially for a particular purpose:
go off to: Dave's gone off to the south of France for the summer.
go off to do something: He went off to have lunch in the canteen at one o'clock.
5. ) intransitive to happen in a particular way:
The whole conference went off just as we had planned.
6. ) intransitive AMERICAN INFORMAL to suddenly become angry and start shouting:
go off on: He just went off on her for no apparent reason.
7. ) intransitive BRITISH if food or drink goes off, it is no longer fresh
8. ) intransitive BRITISH INFORMAL to become worse in quality:
His work has really gone off recently.
9. ) transitive go off someone/something BRITISH to stop liking someone or something:
I went off the idea of buying a sports car after I found out how much it would cost.
10. ) intransitive BRITISH SPOKEN to start to sleep:
go off to sleep: The baby's just gone off to sleep.
,go `off with phrasal verb transitive
1. ) go off with someone to start a new relationship with someone after leaving the person you were previously having a relationship with:
Apparently he's gone off with someone he met at a conference last year.
2. ) go off with something to leave with something that belongs to someone else:
Someone's gone off with my coffee cup.
,go `on phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive to continue happening or doing something as before:
The meeting went on a lot longer than I expected.
We can't go on like this any more. Things have got to change.
go on with: Burton smiled and went on with his work.
go on doing something: She can't go on pretending that everything is okay when it clearly isn't.
2. ) intransitive to happen:
I wonder what's going on next door they're making a lot of noise.
3. ) transitive go on something to start doing a particular activity or being in a particular state:
go on vacation/a cruise/trip/tour etc.: We're going on vacation next week.
go on strike (=stop working as a protest): Workers voted by a large majority to go on strike.
go on sale/display: It will go on sale this summer.
go on a diet: I really must go on a diet!
a ) go on something to start taking a particular medicine or drug:
He needs to go on stronger medication.
4. ) intransitive if something such as a light or an electricity supply goes on, it starts working or becomes available:
I heard the TV go on in the next room.
5. ) intransitive to talk so much that people become bored or annoyed:
You do go on, don't you?
go on about: She tends to go on about how clever her children are.
go on and on (about something): He went on and on about my being late for work again.
a ) to start talking again after a pause or interruption:
Please go on I didn't mean to interrupt you.
go on with: He encouraged her to go on with her story.
6. ) intransitive to do something after doing something else:
go on to: When you finish the first section of the test, go on to the next.
go on to do something: They eventually went on to win the championship.
a ) to go to another place after going somewhere:
go on to: After Moscow, we went on to St. Petersburg for a couple of days.
7. ) transitive go on something to base an opinion or decision on something:
Since there were no witnesses, the police had little to go on.
8. ) intransitive if time goes on, it passes
9. ) intransitive to go to a place before someone else you are with:
Why don't you go on without me?
10. ) intransitive or transitive to walk onto a stage to begin your part in a performance:
I don't go on until the final act.
a ) intransitive to walk onto a sports field in order to replace a member of your team:
Owen went on in the 75th minute.
go on SPOKEN
1. ) used for encouraging someone to do something:
Go on, try it it's really good.
2. ) BRITISH used for saying that you do not believe what someone is telling you:
Go on! She didn't really say that.
go on with you! OLD-FASHIONED: Don't you look nice! Oh, go on with you!
go on (the) TV/radio
to decide to appear on television/radio in order to say something:
The President went on television to appeal for calm.
going on (for) something
almost a particular age, time, or amount:
Tina is six, going on seven.
,go `on at phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
go on at someone to criticize someone regularly or for a long time:
go on at about: My mother keeps going on at me about my friends and the way I dress.
go on at someone to do something: Everyone's been going on at me to get a haircut.
,go `out phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to leave your house and go somewhere, especially to do something enjoyable:
I wanted the evenings free for going out with friends.
go out doing something: We haven't gone out dancing in a long time.
go out to do something: Let's go out to eat tonight.
go out and do something: She wasn't allowed go out and play with the other kids.
a ) to travel to a place that is far away:
go out to: She wished she had been able to go out to South Africa with Nicola.
b ) when the TIDE goes out, the water in the ocean flows away from the land
2. ) usually progressive to have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone and spend a lot of time with them:
How long have Rob and Ally been going out?
go out with: Greg used to go out with Karla.
go out together: We've been going out together for three months now.
3. ) to stop burning or shining:
The fire must have gone out during the night.
4. ) to be broadcast on the radio or television:
The show doesn't go out until after most children have gone to bed.
a ) to be told to people:
go out that: Word went out that the factory was in danger of closing.
b ) to be sent by mail:
The invitations haven't gone out yet.
5. ) to not be allowed to take part in the next stage of a competition because you have been defeated:
Last year's champion went out in the second round.
go out of: England went out of the World Cup amid great controversy.
6. ) to stop being fashionable at a particular time:
That hairstyle went out about ten years ago.
go out of fashion/style: Classic jewelry like this will never go out of fashion.
go out on strike
to stop working as a protest:
If the postal workers go out on strike, other unions may well join them.
,go `out of phrasal verb transitive
go out of someone/something if a feeling or quality goes out of someone or something, they do not have it anymore:
All the excitement had gone out of living in the city.
,go `out to phrasal verb transitive BRITISH
go out to someone to be defeated by someone in a competition:
Sampras went out to young Swiss star Roger Federer.
someone's heart/sympathy/thoughts go out to someone
used for saying that someone is sympathetic to someone who is in a difficult situation:
Our thoughts go out to the victims of yesterday's earthquake.
,go `over phrasal verb
1. ) transitive go over something to check something carefully:
Could you go over this report and correct any mistakes?
a ) to search a place thoroughly:
This area is to be gone over with the greatest of care.
2. ) transitive go over something to practice and repeat something in order to learn it:
Sue's going to help me go over my lines for the play.
a ) to repeat a series of things or think about them again in order to understand them completely:
My mind was going over the curious events at Ingard House.
3. ) intransitive to move or travel toward someone or something:
go over to: He went over to the window and closed the curtains.
They went over to John's for dinner last night.
go over (to someone/something) to do something: We had met a year ago, when I went over to Paris to see an exhibition.
go over (to someone/something) and do something: Why don't you go over and say hello?
4. ) intransitive AMERICAN to produce a particular reaction:
Last night's performance went over very well.
go over with: How did the news go over with your parents?
5. ) transitive go over something to clean something, especially quickly:
go over something with something: He'd gone over the car with a cloth, wiping fingerprints from the steering wheel and the door handles.
,go `over to phrasal verb transitive
1. ) go over to something to change to a new system or way of behaving:
The school went over to mixed-ability teaching three years ago.
a ) go over to someone/something to join a different group, organization, or political party:
What makes them go over to a party they once fought against?
2. ) to change to a report or broadcast from a different place:
We'll be going over to Sydney for live coverage in just a couple of minutes.
,go `round phrasal verb BRITISH
same as GO AROUND
,go `through phrasal verb
1. ) transitive go through something to examine or search something very carefully:
Someone had broken into the office and gone through all the drawers.
Collins went through every legal book she could find.
2. ) intransitive or transitive if a law goes through, or goes through a law-making institution, it is officially approved
a ) intransitive if something such as a request, proposal, or contract goes through, it is officially accepted or approved
3. ) transitive to experience something difficult or unpleasant:
We can't really imagine what they're going through.
4. ) transitive to use, spend, or eat all of something, especially quickly:
He'd gone through all his money by the end of the first week of his vacation.
5. ) transitive to practice all of something such as a speech, song, or play:
Let's go through your lines one more time.
6. ) transitive if a thought or idea goes through your mind, you consider it for a short time
7. ) transitive to perform a set of actions that you regularly perform:
go through a routine/ritual: She went through her daily routine of clearing the breakfast table before settling down to handle the correspondence.
,go `through with phrasal verb transitive
go through with something to do something you have planned or agreed to do, especially after not being sure you want to do it:
I can't believe he went through with the divorce.
`go to phrasal verb transitive
1. ) go to something to start doing a particular activity or being in a particular state:
go to sleep: I was just going to sleep when the phone rang.
go to work (on something): He then went to work on the car and had repaired it by lunchtime.
go to war (with someone): The two countries have gone to war twice over the disputed territory.
2. ) go to someone/something to be given to someone or something:
Our thanks go to everyone who helped make this celebration a success.
The house was supposed to go to her children when she died.
,go to`gether phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) if two or more things go together, they frequently exist together:
Too often greed and politics seem to go together.
2. ) if two things go together, they seem good, natural, or attractive in combination with each other:
I don't think the colors go together very well.
3. ) usually progressive INFORMAL if two people are going together, they have a romantic or sexual relationship with each other:
Matt and Michelle have been going together since April.
,go to`ward phrasal verb transitive
go toward something to be used to help to pay for something:
The proceeds from the sale of the land will go toward the construction of a new stadium.
go toward doing something: The money raised will go toward rebuilding the children's hospital.
,go `under phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to sink below the surface of the water:
The crowd watched as the ship went slowly under.
2. ) if something such as a business goes under, it fails completely and stops operating
3. ) to become unconscious when a doctor gives you an ANESTHETIC before an operation
,go `up phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to increase:
We'd like to see the baby's weight going steadily up.
The price of oil has gone up by over 50 percent in less than a year.
2. ) to be built:
A new office building is going up on State Street.
a ) if something such as a notice or sign goes up somewhere, it is put in a place where people can see it:
Posters for the show are going up all over town.
3. ) to start burning quickly or explode:
The whole building went up in just a few minutes.
go up in flames: From the air, it looked as if the entire city were going up in flames.
4. ) to travel toward the north:
Max goes up to Canada to fish every summer.
a ) BRITISH to travel to a place that is larger or more important than the place you are leaving:
Let's go up to London next week.
5. ) if a noise goes up from a group of people, they all start to make it:
go up from: A cheer went up from the crowd.
6. ) go up to to be long or tall enough to reach a particular higher point or level:
The fire escape went up only to the second floor.
7. ) if lights go up, especially in a theater, they are switched on and gradually become brighter
─ opposite GO DOWN
8. ) if the curtain goes up in a theater, it is raised or opened at the beginning of a performance
─ opposite COME DOWN
9. ) BRITISH to go to a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the beginning of a TERM (=period of study) or a course of study
10. ) BRITISH to move to a higher DIVISION in a sports LEAGUE (=a group of teams)
`go with phrasal verb transitive
1. ) go with something to be provided or offered together with something:
Does a car go with the job?
a ) to exist frequently with something:
A fair amount of stress seems to go with jobs like this.
2. ) go with something to seem good, natural, or attractive in combination with something:
Which of the shoes go best with this dress?
3. ) usually progressive go with someone INFORMAL to have a romantic or sexual relationship with someone:
I heard that Carol is going with the guy who works downstairs.
a ) INFORMAL to have sex with someone
4. ) go with something to choose or accept something:
I think we should go with yellow for the walls.
,go with`out phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
go without something to live without something that you need or would like to have:
Three areas have gone without water for days.
go without doing something: He went without sleeping for two days.
it goes without saying (that)
used when you think that someone will already know what you are going to tell them because it is so obvious:
It goes without saying that consumers would be happier if prices were lower.
go 2 [ gou ] (plural goes [ gouz ] ) noun **
1. ) count an attempt to do something:
have a go at (doing) something: She once had a go at writing a novel but quickly gave up.
give something a go (=try to do it): I'd thought about skiing for some time and finally decided to give it a go this winter.
at/in one go: Don't try to eat the whole thing in one go.
a ) BRITISH your chance to play in a game or take part in an activity:
Whose go is it?
have a go on something: Have a go on my exercise bike if you want.
2. ) singular AMERICAN INFORMAL a situation in which something that has been planned can happen or be done:
It looks like the party tonight is a go.
3. ) uncount a Japanese game for two people, played with black and white stones on a board with lines that cross each other
4. ) uncount BRITISH INFORMAL energy and enthusiasm:
She's always so full of go.
1. ) to attack someone physically
2. ) to take action yourself to stop someone who is committing a crime, instead of calling the police
have a go at someone BRITISH INFORMAL
to criticize someone strongly
have something on the go BRITISH INFORMAL
to be involved in doing something, especially something that needs a lot of your time and attention:
He has several projects on the go, including another radio series scheduled for late spring.
make a go of something INFORMAL
to do something successfully:
She was determined to make a go of her programming business.
on the go INFORMAL
very busy or active:
I've been on the go since six o'clock this morning.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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