AskDefine | Define go

Dictionary Definition

go adj : functioning correctly and ready for action; "all systems are go" [ant: no-go]


1 a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work" [syn: spell, tour, turn]
2 street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine [syn: Adam, ecstasy, XTC, disco biscuit, cristal, X, hug drug]
3 a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl" [syn: crack, fling, pass, whirl, offer]
4 a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters [syn: go game]


1 change location; move, travel, or proceed; "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" [syn: travel, move, locomote] [ant: stay in place]
2 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" [syn: proceed, move]
3 move away from a place into another direction; "Go away before I start to cry"; "The train departs at noon" [syn: go away, depart] [ant: come]
4 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!" [syn: become, get]
5 be awarded; be allotted; "The first prize goes to Mary"; "Her money went on clothes"
6 have a particular form; "the story or argument runs as follows"; "as the saying goes..." [syn: run]
7 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" [syn: run, pass, lead, extend]
8 follow a certain course; "The inauguration went well"; "how did your interview go?" [syn: proceed]
9 be abolished or discarded; "These ugly billboards have to go!"; "These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge"
10 be or continue to be in a certain condition; "The children went hungry that day"
11 make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'" [syn: sound]
12 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" [syn: function, work, operate, run] [ant: malfunction]
13 to be spent or finished; "The money had gone after a few days"; "Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest" [syn: run low, run short]
14 progress by being changed; "The speech has to go through several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before the meeting" [syn: move, run]
15 continue to live; endure or last; "We went without water and food for 3 days"; "These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America"; "The racecar driver lived through several very serious accidents" [syn: survive, last, live, live on, endure, hold up, hold out]
16 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"
17 pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully" [syn: die, decease, perish, exit, pass away, expire, pass] [ant: be born]
18 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?" [syn: belong]
19 be ranked or compare; "This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go"
20 begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning"; "Ready, set, go!" [syn: start, get going] [ant: stop]
21 have a turn; make one's move in a game; "Can I go now?" [syn: move]
22 be contained in; "How many times does 18 go into 54?"
23 be sounded, played, or expressed; "How does this song go again?"
24 blend or harmonize; "This flavor will blend with those in your dish"; "This sofa won't go with the chairs" [syn: blend, blend in]
25 lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South" [syn: lead]
26 be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired; "This piece won't fit into the puzzle" [syn: fit]
27 go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way; "Who rifled through my desk drawers?" [syn: rifle]
28 be spent; "All my money went for food and rent"
29 give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; "I plumped for the losing candidates" [syn: plump]
30 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" [syn: fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, break, break down] [also: went, gone, goes (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

Mainly representing etyl ang gan, related to Old High German gen. Past tense forms, however, have since the 15th century been replaced by forms from etyl ang wendan.


  • a UK , /gəʊ/, /g@U/
  • a US , /goʊ/, /goU/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊ


  1. To move from one place to another.
    Why don’t you go with us?
    This train goes to Chicago.
  2. To leave; to move away.
    Please don't go!
    I really must be going.
  3. To be given, especially to be assigned or allotted.
    The property shall go to my wife.
    The award went to Steven Spielberg.
  4. To extend (from one point to another).
    This property goes all the way to the state line.
  5. To lead (in a direction).
    Does this road go to Fort Smith?
  6. To elapse.
    The time went slowly.
  7. To start.
    Get ready, get set, go!
  8. To resort (to).
    I'll go to court if I have to.
  9. To change from one value to another.
    The price keeps going up.
  10. To end or disappear.
    After three days, my headache finally went.
  11. To be spent or used up.
    His money went on drink.
  12. To be discarded.
    This chair has got to go.
  13. To be sold.
    Everything must go.
    The car went for five thousand dollars.''
  14. To die.
  15. To collapse.
  16. To break down or decay.
    This meat is starting to go.
    My mind is going.
  17. To proceed (well or poorly).
    That went well.
    How are things going?
  18. To work (through or over), especially mentally.
    I've gone over this a hundred times.
    Let's not go into that right now.
  19. To search.
    Somebody went through my things while I was out.
  20. To tend or contribute toward a result.
    Well, that goes to show you.
    These experiences go to make us stronger.
  21. intransitive often followed by a preposition To fit.
    Do you think the sofa will go through the door?
    The belt just barely went around his waist.
  22. To be compatible, especially visually.
    This shade of red doesn't go with the drapes.
    They go together nicely, don't you think?
  23. To belong (somewhere).
    My shirts go on this side of the wardrobe.
    This piece of the jigsaw goes on the other side.
  24. To be expressed or composed (a certain way).
    The tune goes like this.
  25. To take a turn, especially in a game.
    It’s your turn; go.
  26. To attend.
    I go to school at the schoolhouse.
  27. To take up a profession.
    Gone for soldiers, every one.
    She's gone to be a teacher.
  28. To be in a state continuously.
    I don't want my children to go hungry.
    We went barefoot in the summer.
  29. To survive or get by.
    How long can you go without water?
    We've gone without your help for a while now.
  30. To move or travel in order to do something, or to do something while moving.
    We went swimming.
    Let's go shopping.
  31. To make an effort.
    You didn't have to go to such trouble.
    I never thought he'd go so far as to call you.
  32. To date.
    How long having they been going together?
    He's been going with her for two weeks.
  33. To fight or attack.
    I went at him with a knife.
  34. To be pregnant (with).
    She goes with child.
  35. intransitive of a machine To work or function.
    The engine just won't go anymore.
  36. To have authority.
    Whatever the boss says goes, do you understand?
  37. To be valid or accepted.
    Anything goes around here.
  38. To be told; to circulate.
    There's a story going through the town about you.
  39. To be known or considered.
    That goes as murder in my book.
    He went by name of Sanders.
  40. To sound; to make a noise.
    I woke up just before the clock went.
  41. intransitive colloquial To urinate or defecate.
    I really need to go.
    Have you managed to go today, Mrs. Miggins?
  42. To do, especially to do something foolish.
    Why'd you have to go and do that?
  43. intransitive archaic To walk.
  44. To be lost.
  45. To be out.
  46. In the context of "copula": To become. The adjective that follows usually describes a negative state.
    You'll go blind.
    I went crazy.
    After failing as a criminal, he decided to go straight.
  47. To move for a particular distance or in a particular fashion.
    We've only gone twenty miles today.
    This car can go circles around that one.
  48. To take a particular part or share.
    Let's go halves on this.
  49. To bet or venture (an amount).
    I'll go a ten-spot.
  50. To yield or weigh.
    Those babies go five tons apiece.
  51. To follow (a course or path).
    Let's go this way for a while.
  52. To offer or bid an amount.
    That's as high as I can go.
    We could go two fifty.
  53. To make (a specified sound).
    Cats go meow.
  54. transitive colloquial To enjoy.
    I could go a beer right about now.
  55. transitive sports To have a certain record.
    They've gone one for three in this series.
    The team is going five in a row.
  56. transitive slang To say (something). Often used in present tense.
    I go, "As if!" And she was all like, "Whatever!"
  57. transitive slang To think or say to oneself.
    As soon as I did it, I went "that was stupid."''
  58. transitive Australian slang To attack.
move from a place to another that is further away
be destroyed
Of a machine, to work
  • Norwegian: gå, virke
  • Swedish: gå, fungera
To fit
  • Hebrew:
  • Swedish: passa
To have as its/their proper place
  • Hebrew:
take a turn
to urinate See pee
to date (often used with out: to go out)
make (the specified sound)
slang: to say
to become


  1. A turn at something.
    You’ve been on it long enough—now let your brother have a go.
  2. A turn in a game.
    It’s your go.
  3. An attempt.
    I’ll give it a go.
  4. An approval to do something or a something that has been approved to do.
    We will begin as soon as the boss says it's a go.
Derived terms
turn at something
  • Esperanto: vico
  • Finnish: vuoro
  • French: tour
  • Hebrew:
  • Portuguese: vez, turno
  • Russian: очередь (óčered’)
  • Swedish: tur
turn in a game
  • Czech: tah
  • Esperanto: vico
  • Finnish: vuoro
  • French: tour
  • Hebrew:
  • Portuguese: vez, turno
  • Russian: очередь (óčered’)
  • Swedish: tur
  • Esperanto: provo
  • Finnish: yritys
  • French: essai
  • Hebrew:
  • Portuguese: tentativa
  • Romanian: tentativă
  • Russian: попытка (popýtka)
  • Spanish: intento
  • Swedish: försök
  • Czech: souhlas

Etymology 2

From the Japanese character (go), though it is usually called 囲碁 (igo) in Japanese.


  1. A board game, originally from China, played in East Asia, mostly in China, Japan, and Korea.
board game
  • Chinese: 围棋 (wéiqí)
  • Czech: go
  • Dutch: go
  • Esperanto: goo
  • Finnish: go, go-peli
  • French: go , jeu de go
  • German: Go
  • Hebrew:
  • Japanese: 囲碁 (igo), (go)
  • Korean: 바둑 (badug, baduk)
  • Russian: го (go)
  • Swedish: go



From a Common Slavic gol





  1. go i game



  1. go (the game)



  1. go (the game)




  • [go, gə]


go (triggers eclipsis, takes dependent form of irregular verbs)
  1. that (used to introduce a subordinate clause)
    • Deir sé go bhfuil deifir air — He says that he is in a hurry
  2. until
    • Fan go dtiocfaidh sé — Wait until he comes


go (prefixes "h" to vowels)
  1. used to make adverbs and predicative adjectives
  • bheith go maith — to be well
    Fuair sí bás go hóg — She died young
    go feargach — angrily
    go mall aréir — late last night
    go leor — enough, plenty, galore


go (triggers eclipsis)
  1. used with the subjunctive
  • Go gcuidí Dia leo — May God help them
  • Go maire tú é — May you live to enjoy it
  • Go raibh maith agat — Thank you


go (prefixes h to vowels)
  1. to, till, until
  • dul go Meiriceá — to go to America
    Fáilte go hÉirinn — Welcome to Ireland








  1. him (genitive and accusative of on)

Extensive Definition

Go may refer to:



  • go! (airline), a Hawaiian airline
  • GO (Malta), a telecommunications company in Malta
  • GO Corp., a pen-based computing company
  • Go Fly, also known as Go, a former British airline, now a part of easyJet
  • GO Rail, a passenger rail operator in Estonia
  • GO Transit, a regional public transit system in Ontario, Canada

Film and television


  • Go (drum), hanja term to refer to Korean drum, buk




Other media

  • or art-name, a pseudonym used by Japanese artists
  • Go (radio), a Canadian radio program
  • Go (novel), a novel by John Clellon Holmes
  •, a web portal created and operated by Disney

Science and measurement

Other uses

See also

go in German: GO
go in Esperanto: Go
go in French: Go
go in Korean: GO
go in Hebrew: Go
go in Indonesian: Go
go in Italian: GO
go in Dutch: Go
go in Japanese: GO
go in Polish: Go (ujednoznacznienie)
go in Portuguese: GO
go in Kölsch: GO (Watt ėßß datt?)
go in Russian: Го (значения)
go in Simple English: Go
go in Finnish: Go (täsmennyssivu)
go in Swedish: Go
go in Thai: GO
go in Turkish: Go

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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enunciate, environ, episode, erode, erupt, escort, espouse, essay, evanesce, evaporate, event, examine, exit, experience, experiment, expire, explode, exploit, extend, extend out, fade, fade away, fade out, fail, fait accompli, fall, fall asleep, fancy, fare, fare forth, farewell, favor, feat, fetch, fight, fire, fit, fit in, flag, flee, fling, flit, flow, fly, fold, follow, force, forcefulness, forsake, fortunate outcome, founder, foursome, function, functional, gabble, gain ground, gambit, game, games, games of chance, gang, gang along, gather head, gather way, gest, get, get ahead, get along, get away, get off, get on, get over, get to be, get under way, get with it, get-up-and-get, get-up-and-go, getup, give out, give way, go, go about, go ahead, go along, go along with, go around, go at, go away, go back on, go back to, go bad, go bankrupt, go by, go down, go fast, go for, go forward, go great guns, go in for, go into, go off, go on, go out, go over, go over big, go round, go sideways, go through, go to town, go together, go under, go up, go with, go-ahead, go-getting, go-to-itiveness, graduate, grow, gumption, gymkhana, gyrate, hand, handiwork, hang out with, happen, happening, hardihood, harmonize, harmonize with, have a tendency, have effect, have free play, have its place, have place, have play, head, hide, hie, hit, hold, hold a heading, hustle, incident, incline, increase, initiative, inning, innings, inquire into, inspect, investigate, involve, job, journey, joust, keep on, kick the bucket, lack, last, last out, lead, lean, leave, leave no trace, leave the scene, lick, lie, lift a finger, like, live, live through, look at, look to, lose, make, make a hit, make an entrance, make good time, make head against, make headway, make off, make progress, make progress against, make strides, make up leeway, maneuver, march off, match, matching, measure, meet, meet with success, meeting, melt, melt away, mention, militate, mosey, moulder, mount, move, move along, move away, move forward, move off, move on, move out, move over, moxie, natter, near, nearing, nearly, need, not quite, obtain, occasion, occur, offer, open to, operate, operation, operational, operative, opportunity, originate in, outdistance, outlie, outrange, outstretch, overt act, part, pass, pass along, pass away, pass by, pass muster, pass on, pass out, pass over, passage, pee, peg out, pentathlon, pep, percolate, perform, performance, perish, perk, persevere, persist, peter out, place, play, play-off, plunge, point, point to, pop, potency, practical, prefer, prevail, probe, proceed, proceed with, proceeding, process, production, progress, pronounce, prosper, prosperity, prosperous issue, pull away, pull out, pursue, push, push on, pushfulness, pushiness, pushingness, put off mortality, put up with, qualify, quit, quit this world, race, rally, range, range out, reach, reach out, read, recalled, recede, recorded, redound to, regress, rehearse, reiterate, relate to, relief, relish, rely on, rencontre, repair, repeat, repudiate, res gestae, retire, retire from sight, retract, retreat, retrocede, retrogress, return to, return to dust, revert to, review, revolve, rise, roll, roll on, rot, rotate, round, run, run out, runoff, sashay, sashay off, satisfy, say, scan, scrutinize, serve, set, set about, set off, set out, set toward, set upon, shift, shot, show a tendency, shrink, singles, sink, sink away, skim over, slap, slip away, snap, soar, socialize, sound, sour, span, spell, spin, spirit, spoil, sport, spread, spunk, stab, stagger, stagger along, stand, stand off, starch, start, steer, stem, step, step forward, stint, stir, stop breathing, straddle, stream, stretch, stretch out, strike a blow, stroke, strong bid, study, stunt, submerge, submit to, subside, succeed, success, succumb, suffer, suffer an eclipse, suffice, support, surround, survive, sweep, tackle, take, take a hand, take a shit, take action, take effect, take flight, take in, take measures, take off, take place, take steps, take up, take wing, tend, tend to go, tentative, test, thing, thing done, threesome, thrust out, tick, tidy up, tilt, time, time at bat, toddle along, tolerate, touch on, tour, tour de force, tournament, tourney, transaction, travel, trek, trend, trial, trial and error, trick, try, tuck, turn, turn into, twirl, twosome, undergo, undertake, undertaking, up and die, up and go, up-and-comingness, urinate, use, utter, vanish, vanish from sight, venturesomeness, venturousness, verge, victory, vigor, vitality, voyage, walk out, wane, warp, waste, waste away, wayfare, weaken, wear away, wear out, wend, whack, whirl, widen the distance, wing it, withdraw, work, work toward, work well, work wonders, works, yield the ghost
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