go·ing / ˈgōing/ • n. 1. an act or instance of leaving a place; a departure: his going left an enormous gap in each of their lives.2. [in sing.] the condition of the ground viewed in terms of suitability for walking, riding, or other travel (used esp. in the context of horse racing): the going was ideal here, with short turf and a level surface. ∎ progress affected by such a condition: the paths were covered with drifting snow and the going was difficult. ∎ conditions for, or progress in, an endeavor: when the going gets tough, the tough get going.• adj. (esp. of a price) generally accepted as fair or correct; current: people willing to work for the going rate.