Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters
  2. (noun, act) a usually brief attempt
    I gave it a whirl
  3. (noun, artifact) street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
  4. (noun, time) a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
    a spell of work
  5. (verb, change) enter or assume a certain state or condition
    It must be getting more serious
    her face went red with anger
    She went into ecstasy
    Get going!
  6. (verb, change) follow a certain course
    how did your interview go?
  7. (verb, change) pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    The children perished in the fire
    The patient went peacefully
    The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102
  8. (verb, change) be abolished or discarded
    These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge
  9. (verb, change) stop operating or functioning
    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
  10. (verb, change) progress by being changed
    run through your presentation before the meeting
  11. (verb, cognition) give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
  12. (verb, competition) have a turn; make one's move in a game
  13. (verb, consumption) to be spent or finished
    Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest
  14. (verb, consumption) be spent
  15. (verb, contact) go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
  16. (verb, contact) perform as expected when applied
    Does this old car still run well?
    This old radio doesn't work anymore
  17. (verb, motion) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
    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
  18. (verb, motion) move away from a place into another direction
    The train departs at noon
  19. (verb, motion) begin or set in motion
    Ready, set, go!
  20. (verb, perception) make a certain noise or sound
    The gun went `bang'
  21. (verb, social) follow a procedure or take a course
    She went through a lot of trouble
    go about the world in a certain manner
    Messages must go through diplomatic channels
  22. (verb, stative) pass, fare, or elapse; of a certain state of affairs or action
    The day went well until I got your call
  23. (verb, stative) be or continue to be in a certain condition
  24. (verb, stative) continue to live through hardship or adversity
    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?
  25. (verb, stative) be awarded; be allotted
    Her money went on clothes
  26. (verb, stative) be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired
  27. (verb, stative) stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
    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
  28. (verb, stative) lead, extend, or afford access
    The road runs South
  29. (verb, stative) blend or harmonize
    This sofa won't go with the chairs
  30. (verb, stative) be sounded, played, or expressed
  31. (verb, stative) be contained in
  32. (verb, stative) have a particular form
    as the saying goes...
  33. (verb, stative) be ranked or compare
  34. (verb, stative) be in the right place or situation
    Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government
    Where do these books go?
  35. (adj, all) functioning correctly and ready for action

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Go

come, no-go

Alternate forms of Go

Derivations: go, goer, going

Hyponyms: abort, accompany, advance, angle, arise, ascend, asphyxiate, automobile, babble, back, bang, be adrift, beat, beep, beetle, belt along, betake oneself, billow, birr, blare, bleep, blow, blow out, bluff, bluff out, bombilate, bombinate, boom, boom out, bounce, break, breeze, bubble, bucket along, burble, burn out, buy it, buzz, cannonball along, caravan, career, carry, cast, castle, change, chatter, check, chime, chink, chug, circle, circuit, circulate, clang, clangor, clangour, clank, claxon, click, clink, clop, clump, clunk, come, come down, come on, come up, continue, crack, crank, crash, crawl, creep, cruise, cut, derail, descend, din, do, double, drag, drag on, drag out, draw, draw back, drift, drive, drone, drown, drum, ease, echo, embark, err, fall, famish, fare, ferry, float, flock, fly, follow, forge, get about, get along, get around, get off the ground, ghost, glide, glug, go across, go around, go by, go deep, go down, go far, go forward, go on, go past, go through, go up, grumble, guggle, gurgle, hasten, hie, hiss, hold up, hold water, honk, hotfoot, hum, hurry, hurtle, island hop, joint, jounce, journey, jump, knock, lance, lap, lead, lift, live out, lurch, make noise, make out, malfunction, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, march on, meander, misfire, misfunction, motor, move around, move back, move on, move up, noise, open, operate, outflank, overfly, pace, pan, pass, pass by, pass on, pass over, patter, peal, pelt along, perennate, ping, pink, pip out, pitter-patter, play, plough, plow, plunk, pop, prance, precede, precess, predecease, proceed, progress, propagate, pull away, pull back, purr, pursue, push, race, radiate, raft, ramble, range, rap, rattle, ray, recede, repair, resonate, resort, resound, retire, retreat, retrograde, return, reverberate, ride, ring, ripple, rise, roam, roll, round, rove, ruff, rumble, run, rush, rush along, rustle, scramble, seek, serve, service, settle, shack, shove along, shove off, shuttle, sift, sing, sit, ski, skirl, slice into, slice through, slide, slither, slosh, slush, snap, snarl, snowshoe, sober, sober up, speed, spirt, splash, splat, splosh, spread, spurt, squelch, stalemate, stand up, starve, steam, steamer, steamroll, steamroller, step, step on it, stifle, stray, succumb, suffocate, surpass, swan, swap, swash, swim, swing, swish, swoosh, swosh, take, take effect, take off, take the air, tap, taxi, tessellate, thread, thrum, thud, thump, tick, ticktack, ticktock, ting, tink, tinkle, toot, trail, tram, tramp, transfer, travel, travel along, travel by, travel purposefully, travel rapidly, tread, trump, trundle, turn, twang, tweet, twirp, uprise, vagabond, venture, vibrate, walk, wander, weave, wend, wheel, whine, whir, whirr, whish, whisk, whistle, whiz, whizz, whoosh, wind, wing, withdraw, work, yield, zigzag, zip, zoom

Hypernyms: accord, act, agree, attempt, be, board game, cause to be perceived, cease, change, change state, choose, come about, compare, concord, consort, disappear, duty period, effort, end, endeavor, endeavour, exit, fall out, finish, fit, fit in, get out, go away, go on, go out, hap, happen, harmonise, harmonize, leave, mdma, methylenedioxymethamphetamine, move, occur, pass, pass off, pick out, search, select, shift, stop, take, take place, terminate, try, turn, vanish, work shift

Origin of the word Go

  1. O.E. gan "to go," from W.Gmc. *gai-/*g?- (cf. O.Fris. gan, M.Du. gaen, Ger. gehen), from PIE *ghei-, perhaps connected to Skt. jihite "goes away," Gk. kikhano "I reach, meet with," but there is not general agreement on cognates. The O.E. past tense was eode, of uncertain origin but evidently once a different word (p… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Go

g, g-jo, g.i., ga, gaea, gag, gaga, gage, gai choi, gaia, gaius, gao, gas, gas gage, gas gauge, gaseous, gash, gassy, gauche, gaucho, gauge, gauss, gauze, gauzy, gawk, gawky, gay, gaza, gaze, gc, gca, gcse, ge, gecko, gee, gee-gee, geek, geisha, geococcyx, gesso, gewgaw, ghee, gheg, ghq

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