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go1 / / • v. (goes , go·ing ; past went / went/ ; past part. gone / gôn; gän/ ) 1. [intr.] move from one place or point to another; travel: he went out to the store she longs to go back home | we've got a long way to go. ∎  travel a specified distance: you just have to go a few miles to get to the road. ∎  travel or move in order to engage in a specified activity or course of action: let's go and have a beer| we went to see her ∎  (go to) attend or visit for a particular purpose: we went to the movies he went to Brown University. ∎  (go to) provide access to: that door goes to the garage. ∎  [in imper.] begin motion (used in a starter's order to begin a race): ready, set, go! ∎  (go to) (of a rank or honor) be allotted or awarded: the top prize went to a twenty-four-year-old sculptor. ∎  (go into/to/toward) (of a thing) contribute to or be put into (a whole); be used for or devoted to: considerable effort went into making the operation successful. ∎  pass a specified amount of time in a particular way or under particular circumstances: sometimes they went for two months without talking. ∎  used to indicate how many people a supply of food, money, or another resource is sufficient for or how much can be achieved using it: the sale will go a long way toward easing the huge debt burden | a little luck can go a long way. ∎  (of a thing) lie or extend in a certain direction: the scar started just above her ankle and went all the way up inside her leg. ∎  change in level, amount, or rank in a specified direction: prices went up by 15 percent. ∎ inf. used to emphasize the speaker's annoyance at a specified action or event: then he goes and spoils it all ∎ inf. said in various expressions when angrily or contemptuously dismissing someone: go and get stuffed. 2. [intr.] leave; depart: I really must go. ∎  (of time) pass or elapse: the hours went by three years went past. ∎  come to an end; cease to exist: a golden age that has now gone for good 11,500 jobs are due to go by next year. ∎  leave or resign from a post: I tried to persuade the Chancellor not to go. ∎  be lost or stolen: when he returned minutes later, his equipment was gone. ∎  die (used euphemistically): I'd like to see my grandchildren before I go. ∎  (of a thing) be sold: all the produce went to the farmers’ market in Germantown. ∎  (of money) be spent, esp. in a specified way: the rest of his money went into medical expenses. 3. (be going to be/do something) intend or be likely or intended to be or do something; be about to (used to express a future tense): I'm going to be late for work she's going to have a baby. 4. [intr.] pass into a specified state, esp. an undesirable one: the food is going bad her mind immediately went blank he's gone crazy. ∎  (go to/into) enter into a specified state, institution, or course of action: she turned over and went back to sleep the car went into a spin. ∎  happen, proceed, or be for a time in a specified condition: no one went hungry in our house. ∎  make a sound of a specified kind: the engine went bang. ∎  (of a bell or similar device) make a sound in functioning: I heard the buzzer go four times. ∎  [with direct speech] inf. say: the kids go, “Yeah, sure.” ∎  (go by/under) be known or called by (a specified name): he now goes under the name Charles Perez. 5. [intr.] proceed in a specified way or have a specified outcome; turn out: how did the weekend go? it all went off smoothly. ∎  be successful, esp. in being enjoyable or exciting: the hosts had to struggle to make things go. ∎  be acceptable or permitted: underground events where anything goes. ∎  (of a song, account, verse, etc.) have a specified content or wording: if you haven't heard it, the story goes like this. 6. [intr.] be harmonious, complementary, or matching: rosemary goes with roast lamb | the earrings and the scarf don't really go. ∎  be found in the same place or situation; be associated: cooking and eating go together. 7. [intr.] (of a machine or device) function: my car won't go. ∎  continue in operation or existence: the committee was kept going even when its existence could no longer be justified. 8. [intr.] (of an article) be regularly kept or put in a particular place: remember which card goes in which slot. ∎  fit or be able to be accommodated in a particular place or space: you're trying to fit a round peg into a square hole, and it just won't go. 9. [intr.] inf. use a toilet; urinate or defecate. 10. [tr.] bid, bet, or pay. • n. (pl. goes) inf. 1. an attempt or trial at something: I thought I'd give it a go. ∎  a project or undertaking that has been approved: tell them the project is a go. 2. dated spirit, animation, or energy: there's no go in me at all these days. ∎  vigorous activity: it's all go around here. • adj. inf. functioning properly: all systems go. PHRASES: as (or so) far as it goes bearing in mind its limitations (said when qualifying praise of something): the book is a useful catalog as far as it goes. as —— go compared to the average or typical one of the specified kind: as castles go, it is small and old. from the word go inf. from the very beginning. go figure! inf. said to express the speaker's belief that something is amazing or incredible. go great gunssee gun. go halves share something equally. going!, (going!,) gone! an auctioneer's announcement that bidding is closing or closed. going on —— (Brit. also going on for ——) approaching a specified time, age, or amount: I was going on fourteen when I went to my first gig. go it alonesee alone. go to show (or prove) (of an occurrence) serve as evidence or proof of something specified. have a go at make an attempt at; try: let me have a go at straightening the rim. have —— going for one inf. used to indicate how much someone has in their favor or to their advantage: Why did she do it? She had so much going for her. make a go of inf. be successful in (something): he's determined to make a go of his marriage. on the go inf. very active or busy: he's been on the go all evening. to go (of food or drink from a restaurant or cafe) to be eaten or drunk off the premises: order one large cheese-and-peppers pizza, to go.who goes there? said by a sentry as a challenge.PHRASAL VERBS: go about 1. begin or carry on work at (an activity); busy oneself with: you are going about this in the wrong way. 2. Sailing change to the opposite tack. go against oppose or resist: he refused to go against the unions. ∎  be contrary to (a feeling or principle): these tactics go against many of our instincts. ∎  (of a judgment, decision, or result) be unfavorable for: the tribunal's decision went against them. go ahead proceed or be carried out without hesitation: the project will go ahead. go along with give one's consent or agreement to (a person or their views): the group has decided to go along with the committee's proposal. go around 1. (chiefly Brit. go round) spin: revolve: the wheels were going around. 2. (chiefly Brit. go round) (esp. of food) be sufficient to supply everybody present: there was barely enough food to go around. 3. (of an aircraft) abort an approach to landing and prepare to make a fresh approach. go around with be regularly in the company of: he goes around with some of the neighborhood kids. go at energetically attack or tackle: he went at things with a daunting eagerness. go back 1. (of a clock) be set to an earlier standard time, esp. at the end of daylight saving time. 2. (of two people) have known each each for a specified, typically long, period of time: Victor and I go back longer than I care to admit. go back on fail to keep (a promise): he wouldn't go back on his word. go down 1. (of a ship or aircraft) sink or crash: he saw eleven B-17s go down. ∎  be defeated in a contest: they went down 2–1. 2. (of a person, period, or event) be recorded or remembered in a particular way: his name will now go down in history. 3. be swallowed: solids can sometimes go down much easier than liquids. 4. (of a person, action, or work) elicit a specified reaction: my slide shows went down reasonably well. 5. inf. happen: you really don't know what's going down? 6. vulgar slang have sexual intercourse (said by a male of a female). go down on vulgar slang perform oral sex on. go for 1. decide on; choose: I wished that we had gone for plan B. ∎  tend to find (a particular type of person) attractive: Dionne went for the outlaw type. 2. attempt to gain or attain: he went for a job as a delivery driver. ∎  (go for it) strive to the utmost to gain or achieve something (frequently said as an exhortation): sounds like a good idea—go for it! 3. launch oneself at (someone); attack: she went for him with clawed hands. 4. end up having a specified value or effect: my good intentions went for nothing. 5. apply to; have relevance for: the same goes for money-grubbing lawyers. go forward (of a clock) be set to a later standard time, esp. daylight saving time. go in for like or habitually take part in (something, esp. an activity): I don't go in for partying as much as Jesse and Rachel do. go into 1. take up in study or as an occupation: he went into bankruptcy law. 2. investigate or inquire into (something): there's no need to go into it now. 3. (of a whole number) be capable of dividing another, typically without a remainder: six will go into eighteen, but not into five. go off 1. (of a gun, bomb, or similar device) explode or fire. ∎  (of an alarm) begin to sound. ∎ inf. become suddenly angry; lose one's temper: if you got in an argument with him, he'd just go off. 2. chiefly Brit. (esp. of food) begin to decompose; become unfit for consumption. 3. inf., chiefly Brit. begin to dislike: I went off men after my husband left me. 4. go to sleep: I went off as soon as my head hit the pillow. go on 1. continue or persevere: I can't go on protecting you. ∎  talk at great length, esp. tediously or angrily: she went on about how lovely it would be to escape from the city. ∎  continue speaking or doing something after a short pause: [with direct speech] “I don't understand,” she went on. ∎ inf. said when encouraging someone or expressing disbelief: go on, tell him! 2. happen; take place: God knows what went on there. 3. proceed to do: she went on to do postgraduate work. go out 1. (of a fire or light) be extinguished. ∎  cease operating or functioning: the power went out on our block last night. 2. (of the tide) ebb; recede to low tide. 3. leave one's home to go to an entertainment or social event, typically in the evening: I'm going out for dinner. ∎  carry on a regular romantic, and sometimes sexual, relationship: he was going out with her best friend. 4. used to convey someone's deep sympathy or similar feeling: the boy’s heart went out to the pitiful figure. 5. Golf play the first nine holes in a round of eighteen holes.Compare with come home (see home). 6. (in some card games) be the first to dispose of all the cards in one's hand. go over 1. examine, consider, or check the details of (something): I want to go over these plans with you again. 2. change one's allegiance or religion: he went over to the Democratic Party. 3. (esp. of an action or performance) be received in a specified way: his earnestness would go over well in a courtroom. go through 1. undergo (a difficult or painful period or experience): the country is going through a period of economic instability. 2. search through or examine carefully or in sequence: she started to go through the bundle of letters. 3. (of a proposal or contract) be officially approved or completed: the sale of the building is set to go through. 4. inf. use up or spend (available money or other resources). 5. (of a book) be successively published in (a specified number of editions): within two years it went through thirty-one editions. go through with perform (an action or process) to completion despite difficulty or unwillingness: he bravely went through with the ceremony. go under (of a business) become bankrupt. ∎  (of a person) die or suffer an emotional collapse. go up 1. (of a building or other structure) be built: housing developments went up. 2. explode or suddenly burst into flames: last night two factories went up in flames. go with 1. give one's consent or agreement to (a person or their views). 2. have a romantic or sexual relationship with (someone). go without suffer lack or deprivation: I like to give my children what they want, even if I have to go without. go2 • n. a Japanese board game of territorial possession and capture.

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go or i-go, a board game popular in Japan that probably originated in China or India as long ago as the third millennium BC The board is marked by a grid of 19 horizontal and 19 vertical lines to form 361 intersections. Of the 361 pieces, 181 are black stones and 180 are white. The player with the black stones begins by placing a stone on any intersection. The players alternate turns. The object for each player is to control the most territory on the board while capturing as many of the opposing player's stones as possible. Stones are captured and removed from the board when they are completely encircled and are deprived of any access, either directly or through a chain of like stones, to a free space. A game is over when all the empty spaces on the board either are controlled by one or the other player or cannot be controlled by either player. The winner is the player who controls the most open spaces after the stones captured by the opposing player have been substracted.

See E. Lasker, Go and Go-Moku (rev. ed. 1960).

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Go (Skt., ‘cow’). Bos indicus, in Hinduism, revered as the source of food and symbol of life. The cow became associated with the sacrificial rituals through its designation as the appropriate gift (dakṣinā) to the brahmans, and thus its sacred and inviolable nature became established: to kill a cow is equal to killing a brahman. The five products (pañcagavya) of the cow (milk, curds, ghṛta, urine, dung) are all used in pūjā, worship.

The cultic worship of the cow takes place especially on the day of Gopastami, the ‘cow holiday’, when the cow is washed and decorated in the temple, and given offerings in the hope that her gifts of life will continue.

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go go abroad and you'll hear news of home information about one's immediate vicinity may have become more widely publicized at a distance; saying recorded from the late 17th century.
go further and fare worse it is often wise to take what is on offer; proverbial saying, mid 16th century.
go the extra mile make an extra effort, do more than is strictly asked or required. In a revue song (1957) by Joyce Grenfell, but perhaps ultimately in allusion to Matthew 5:41 ‘And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.’

See also go to the country, go the distance, goes, go to the mat, go to town.

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Go. Pejorative term used by some Victorian commentators (e.g. Street) to describe the work of Rogue Goths that was too restless, animated, or ‘acrobatic’, and embarrassing. It implied empty fashion, hamfistedness, clumsiness, discord, clashing colours, excessive liveliness, coarseness, loudness, decadence, furious vigour, recklessness, exaggeration, vulgarity, and generally something overdone for purposes of self-advertisement (so could easily be applied to some fashionable architects of the early C21).

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go pt. went (see WEND), pp. gone †walk; move along, proceed. OE. gān = OS. -gān (Du. gaan), OHG. gān and gēn (G. gehen), f. Gmc. *ʒai-, *ʒæ- :- IE. *ghē(i)-, prob. repr. in Gr. kíkhēmi I reach, Skr. jáhāti leaves, forsakes.

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GO. In Fr. org. mus., grand orgue, i.e. ‘great org.’.

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Gō. Jap. for karma.

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goaglow, ago, alow, although, apropos, art nouveau, Bamako, Bardot, beau, Beaujolais Nouveau, below, bestow, blow, bo, Boileau, bons mots, Bordeaux, Bow, bravo, bro, cachepot, cheerio, Coe, crow, Defoe, de trop, doe, doh, dos-à-dos, do-si-do, dough, dzo, Flo, floe, flow, foe, foreknow, foreshow, forgo, Foucault, froe, glow, go, good-oh, go-slow, grow, gung-ho, Heathrow, heave-ho, heigh-ho, hello, ho, hoe, ho-ho, jo, Joe, kayo, know, lo, low, maillot, malapropos, Marceau, mho, Miró, mo, Mohs, Monroe, mot, mow, Munro, no, Noh, no-show, oh, oho, outgo, outgrow, owe, Perrault, po, Poe, pro, quid pro quo, righto, roe, Rouault, row, Rowe, sew, shew, show, sloe, slow, snow, so, soh, sow, status quo, stow, Stowe, strow, tally-ho, though, throw, tic-tac-toe, to-and-fro, toe, touch-and-go, tow, trow, undergo, undersow, voe, whacko, whoa, wo, woe, Xuzhou, yo, yo-ho-ho, Zhengzhou, Zhou

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GO gas operated
• General Office(r)
• Military general order
• Music great organ
• Group Officer
• British vehicle registration for SW London

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