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going Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of departing
    going away; departure; leaving.
  2. noun euphemistic expressions for death
    loss; departure; exit; expiration; release; passing.
    • thousands mourned his passing
  3. noun advancing toward a goal
    • persuading him was easy going
    • the proposal faces tough sledding
  4. verb change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
    go; travel; move; locomote.
    • 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
    • news travelled fast
  5. verb follow a procedure or take a course
    go; move; proceed.
    • 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
  6. verb move away from a place into another direction
    go; go away; depart.
    • Go away before I start to cry
    • The train departs at noon
  7. verb enter or assume a certain state or condition
    go; become; get.
    • 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!
  8. verb be awarded; be allotted
    • The first prize goes to Mary
    • Her money went on clothes
  9. verb have a particular form
    go; run.
    • the story or argument runs as follows
    • as the saying goes...
  10. verb stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
    go; run; extend; lead; pass.
    • 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
  11. verb follow a certain course
    go; proceed.
    • The inauguration went well
    • how did your interview go?
  12. verb be abolished or discarded
    • These ugly billboards have to go!
    • These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge
  13. verb be or continue to be in a certain condition
    • The children went hungry that day
  14. verb make a certain noise or sound
    sound; go.
    • She went `Mmmmm'
    • The gun went `bang'
  15. verb perform as expected when applied
    function; go; work; run; operate.
    • 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
  16. verb to be spent or finished
    go; run short; run low.
    • The money had gone after a few days
    • Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest
  17. verb progress by being changed
    go; move; run.
    • The speech has to go through several more drafts
    • run through your presentation before the meeting
  18. verb continue to live through hardship or adversity
    live on; last; hold up; live; endure; hold out; go; survive.
    • We went without water and food for 3 days
    • These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America
    • The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents
    • how long can a person last without food and water?
  19. verb 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
  20. verb pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    decease; give-up the ghost; pop off; perish; die; buy the farm; snuff it; choke; drop dead; pass away; expire; exit; croak; pass; go; kick the bucket; conk; cash in one's chips.
    • She died from cancer
    • The children perished in the fire
    • The patient went peacefully
    • The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102
  21. verb be in the right place or situation
    go; belong.
    • Where do these books belong?
    • Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government
    • Where do these books go?
  22. verb be ranked or compare
    • This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go
  23. verb begin or set in motion
    go; start; get going.
    • I start at eight in the morning
    • Ready, set, go!
  24. verb have a turn; make one's move in a game
    go; move.
    • Can I go now?
  25. verb be contained in
    • How many times does 18 go into 54?
  26. verb be sounded, played, or expressed
    • How does this song go again?
  27. verb blend or harmonize
    go; blend in; blend.
    • This flavor will blend with those in your dish
    • This sofa won't go with the chairs
  28. verb lead, extend, or afford access
    go; lead.
    • This door goes to the basement
    • The road runs South
  29. verb be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired
    go; fit.
    • This piece won't fit into the puzzle
  30. verb go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
    go; rifle.
    • Who rifled through my desk drawers?
  31. verb be spent
    • All my money went for food and rent
  32. verb give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
    go; plump.
    • I plumped for the losing candidates
  33. verb stop operating or functioning
    die; give out; give way; break; go; go bad; conk out; fail; break down.
    • 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
  34. adjective satellite in full operation
    • a going concern

Go"ing noun
  1. The act of moving in any manner; traveling; as, the going is bad.
  2. Departure. Milton.
  3. Pregnancy; gestation; childbearing. Crew.
  4. pl. Course of life; behavior; doings; ways.
    His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. Job xxxiv. 21.

Webster 1913