What is the meaning of go?


  • A time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else. )
    • usage: "it's my go"; "a spell of work"
  • Street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine.
  • A usually brief attempt.
    • usage: "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
  • A board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters.


  • Change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically.
    • usage: "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"
  • Follow a procedure or take a course.
    • usage: "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"
  • Move away from a place into another direction.
    • usage: "Go away before I start to cry"; "The train departs at noon"
  • Enter or assume a certain state or condition.
    • usage: "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"
  • Be awarded; be allotted.
    • usage: "The first prize goes to Mary"; "Her money went on clothes"
  • Have a particular form.
    • usage: "the story or argument runs as follows"; "as the saying goes..."
  • Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point.
    • usage: "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"
  • Follow a certain course.
    • usage: "The inauguration went well"; "how did your interview go"
  • Be abolished or discarded.
    • usage: "These ugly billboards have to go"; "These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge"
  • Be or continue to be in a certain condition.
    • usage: "The children went hungry that day"
  • Make a certain noise or sound.
    • usage: "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
  • Perform as expected when applied.
    • usage: "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"
  • To be spent or finished.
    • usage: "The money had gone after a few days"; "Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest"
  • Progress by being changed.
    • usage: "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting"
  • Continue to live through hardship or adversity.
    • usage: "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"
  • Pass, fare, or elapse; of a certain state of affairs or action.
    • usage: "How is it going"; "The day went well until I got your call"
  • Pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life.
    • usage: "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"
  • Be in the right place or situation.
    • usage: "Where do these books belong"; "Let's put health care where it belongs-under the control of the government"; "Where do these books go"
  • Be ranked or compare.
    • usage: "This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go"
  • Begin or set in motion.
    • usage: "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go"
  • Have a turn; make one's move in a game.
    • usage: "Can I go now"
  • Be contained in.
    • usage: "How many times does 18 go into 54"
  • Be sounded, played, or expressed.
    • usage: "How does this song go again"
  • Blend or harmonize.
    • usage: "This flavor will blend with those in your dish"; "This sofa won't go with the chairs"
  • Lead, extend, or afford access.
    • usage: "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South"
  • Be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired.
    • usage: "This piece won't fit into the puzzle"
  • Go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way.
    • usage: "Who rifled through my desk drawers"
  • Be spent.
    • usage: "All my money went for food and rent"
  • Give support (to) or make a choice (of. one out of a group or number)
    • usage: "I plumped for the losing candidates"
  • Stop operating or functioning.
    • usage: "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"


  • Functioning correctly and ready for action.
    • usage: "all systems are go"
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APAWordNet. (2010). go. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/go/definitions/1174929
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "go" http://smartdefine.org/go/definitions/1174929 (accessed January 18, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, go, Smart Define, viewed 18 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/go/definitions/1174929>.
MLAWordNet. "go" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/go/definitions/1174929>
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