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Third person singular present tense of go1.


(Biography) Hugo van der. ?1440–82, Flemish painter: works include the Pontinari Altarpiece and The Death of a Virgin



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.
References in classic literature ?
Is Beth the rosy one, who stays at home good deal and sometimes goes out with a little basket?
She became obsessed with the thought that it wanted but a courageous act on her part to make all of her association with people some- thing quite different, and that it was possible by such an act to pass into a new life as one opens a door and goes into a room.
Quitzel, so the story goes, wanted to be the chief god, and when the image of a rival was set up in the temple near him, he toppled over in anger, and part of the temple went with him, the whole place being buried in ruins.
If a young man with an idea can once get Jim Burden's attention, can manage to accompany him when he goes off into the wilds hunting for lost parks or exploring new canyons, then the money which means action is usually forthcoming.
She has abandoned her Tuesdays at home, has thrown over all her acquaintances, and goes tramping about by herself, moping in the street-cars, getting in after dark.
there goes something like the cracking of a dry stick, too--now I hear the bushes move--yes, yes, there is a trampling that I mistook for the falls--and-- but here they come themselves; God keep them from the Iroquois
The whole thing goes horizontally, too, at least it seems so, and I exhaust myself in trying to distinguish the order of its going in that direction.
Still, there will be a connection with the long past--a reference to forgotten events and personages, and to manners, feelings, and opinions, almost or wholly obsolete --which, if adequately translated to the reader, would serve to illustrate how much of old material goes to make up the freshest novelty of human life.
Whenever that look appeared in her wild, bright, deeply black eyes, it invested her with a strange remoteness and intangibility: it was as if she were hovering in the air, and might vanish, like a glimmering light that comes we know not whence and goes we know not whither.