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Third person singular present tense of go1.
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v. went, gone, go•ing, v.i.
1. to move or proceed, esp. to or from something: to go home.
2. to leave a place; depart: Go Away!
3. to keep or be in motion; function or operate: The engine is going now.
4. to become as specified: to go mad.
5. to continue in a certain state or condition; be habitually: to go barefoot.
6. to act as specified: Go warily.
7. to act so as to come into a certain state or condition: to go to sleep.
8. to be known: to go by a false name.
9. to reach or give access to: This door goes outside.
10. to pass or elapse: The time went fast.
11. to be applied, allotted, etc., to a particular recipient or purpose: My money goes for food and rent.
12. to be sold: The house went for very little.
13. to be considered generally or usually: He's tall, as jockeys go.
14. to conduce or tend: This only goes to prove the point.
15. to result or end: How did the game go?
16. to belong; have a place: This book goes here.
17. (of colors, styles, etc.) to harmonize; be compatible; be suited.
18. to fit or extend: This belt won't go around my waist.
19. to be or become consumed, finished, etc.: The cake went fast.
20. to be or become discarded, dismissed, etc.: Those puns of yours have got to go!
21. to develop or proceed, esp. with reference to success or satisfaction: How is your new job going?
22. to move or proceed with remarkable speed or energy: Look at that airplane go!
23. to make a certain sound: The gun goes bang.
24. to be phrased, written, or composed: How does that song go?
25. to seek or have recourse; resort: to go to court.
26. to become worn-out, weakened, etc.
27. to die.
28. to fail or give way: The dike might go any minute.
29. to come into action; begin: Go when you hear the bell.
30. to make up a quantity or content: Sixteen ounces go to the pound.
31. to be or be able to be divided: Three goes into fifteen five times.
32. to contribute to an end result: the items that go to make up the total.
33. to have as one's goal; intend (usu. fol. by an infinitive): Their daughter is going to be a doctor.
34. to be permitted, approved, or the like: Around here, anything goes.
35. to be authoritative; be the final word: Whatever I say goes!
36. to subject oneself: Don't go to any trouble.
37. Informal. to proceed (used as an intensifier): Go figure that out.
38. Informal. to urinate or defecate.
39. to move or proceed with or according to: Going my way?
40. to share or participate in to the extent of: to go halves.
41. Informal. to risk, pay, afford, bet, or bid: I'll go fifty dollars for a ticket.
42. to yield, weigh, or grow to: This field will go two bales of cotton.
43. to assume the obligation or function of: His father went bail for him.
44. Informal. to say; remark (usu. used in recounting a conversation).
45. Informal. to endure or tolerate: I can't go his preaching.
46. go about,
a. to occupy oneself with; perform.
b. to change course at sea by tacking or wearing.
47. go after, to attempt to obtain; strive for.
48. go against, to be in conflict with or opposed to.
49. go ahead, to proceed without hesitation or delay.
50. go along, to agree; concur.
51. go around,
a. to be often in company.
b. to be sufficient for all.
c. to pass or circulate: A rumor is going around.
52. go at,
a. to assault; attack.
b. to begin or proceed vigorously.
53. go by,
a. to pass: Don't let this chance go by.
b. to be guided by.
54. go down,
a. to decrease or subside, as in amount or size.
b. to descend or sink.
c. to suffer defeat.
d. to be accepted or believed.
e. to be remembered in history or by posterity.
f. Slang. to happen; occur: What's been going down since I've been away?
g. Brit. to leave a university, permanently or at the end of a term.
55. go down on, Vulgar Slang. to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on.
56. go for,
a. to make an attempt at; try for: to go for a win.
b. to assault.
c. to favor; like.
d. to be used for the purpose of or be a substitute for: material that goes for silk.
57. go in for, to adopt as one's particular interest; occupy oneself with.
58. go into,
a. to discuss or investigate.
b. to undertake as one's study or work.
59. go in with, to join in a partnership or union; combine with.
60. go off,
a. to explode.
b. (of what has been expected or planned) to happen.
c. to leave, esp. suddenly.
61. go on,
a. to happen or take place.
b. to continue: Go on working.
c. to behave; act.
d. to talk effusively; chatter.
e. (used to express disbelief): Go on, you're kidding me.
f. to appear onstage in a theatrical performance.
62. go out,
a. to cease or fail to function: The lights went out.
b. to participate in social activities.
c. to take part in a strike.
63. go over,
a. to repeat; review.
b. to be effective or successful: The proposal didn't go over.
c. to examine.
d. to read; scan.
64. go through,
a. to bear; experience.
b. to examine or search carefully.
c. to be accepted or approved.
d. to use up; spend completely.
65. go through with, to persevere with to the end; bring to completion.
66. go under,
a. to fail.
b. (of a ship) to founder.
67. go up,
a. to be in the process of construction, as a building.
b. to increase in cost, value, etc.
c. Brit. to go to a university at the beginning of a term.
68. the act of going.
69. energy or spirit: She's got a lot of go.
70. a try at something; attempt: to have a go at the puzzle.
71. a successful accomplishment; success.
72. Informal. approval or permission, as to undertake something.
73. a boxing bout: the main go.
74. (esp. in aerospace) functioning properly; ready: All systems are go.
1. from the word go, from the very start.
2. go all out, to expend the greatest possible effort.
3. go it alone, to act or proceed independently.
4. go (out) with, Informal. to keep company with; court; date.
5. go to it, to begin vigorously and at once.
6. let go,
a. to free; release (sometimes fol. by of).
b. to cease to employ; dismiss.
c. to abandon one's inhibitions.
d. to dismiss; forget; discard.
7. let oneself go, to free oneself of inhibitions or restraint.
8. no go, Informal.
a. futile; useless.
b. canceled or aborted.
9. on the go,
a. very busy; active.
b. while traveling.
10. to go, for consumption off the premises where sold: pizza to go.
[before 900; Middle English gon, Old English gān, c. Old Saxon -gān, Old High German gēn]



a Japanese board game for two in which black and white stones are placed on intersecting lines in such a way as to capture the opponent's stones and thereby control the board. Also called I-go.
[1885–90; < Japanese]




or g.o.,

1. general office.
2. general order.
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Once or twice he shouted, "Who goes there?" and the far-away hills echoed back to him, "Who goes there?
The red gleam o'er the mountains Goes wavering from sight, And the quiet moon enhances The loveliness of night.
Up goes Tom, the guard catching his hatbox and holding on with one hand, while with the other he claps the horn to his mouth.
de Treville, being informed of this by his Eminence, packed his portmanteau; and as without knowing the cause he knew the great desire and even imperative need which his friends had of returning to Paris, it goes without saying that he fixed upon them to form part of the escort.
Quickly he goes home with it and knocks at his cottage door.
[LORD CAVERSHAM goes back.] Well, remember my instructions, Phipps - into that room.
And whenever he walked down the street in his high hat everyone would say, "There goes the Doctor!--He's a clever man." And the dogs and the children would all run up and follow behind him; and even the crows that lived in the church-tower would caw and nod their heads.
There's a sermon now, writ in high heaven, and the sun goes through it every year, and yet comes out of it all alive and hearty.
His heart breaks, he goes away to die in the woods, far from the cruel world--for he says, bitterly, "What is man, without manure?"
We keeps Jerry under espionage, and whenever he goes trickling round after the girl, we goes trickling round after him.
Guster, really aged three or four and twenty, but looking a round ten years older, goes cheap with this unaccountable drawback of fits, and is so apprehensive of being returned on the hands of her patron saint that except when she is found with her head in the pail, or the sink, or the copper, or the dinner, or anything else that happens to be near her at the time of her seizure, she is always at work.
Twemlow, having no lady assigned him, goes down in the rear, with his hand to his forehead.