Language: Old English
Origin: gan


1 verb
go1 S1 W1 past tense went past participle gone third person singular goes


a) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] also been to travel or move to a place that is away from where you are or where you live [↪ come]:
There's nothing more we can do here. Let's go home.
Have you ever been to (=have you ever travelled to) Japan?
I have been to (=have travelled to) Germany several times.
Where are you going?
We're going to Canada in the summer.
Dinah went into the kitchen.
She went over and put her arm around him.
I'm going round to her house to find out what's wrong.
I'll just go up (=go upstairs) and ask him what he wants.
b) [intransitive and transitive] to move or travel in a particular way or for a particular distance:
It took us over an hour to go ten miles.
The car was going much too fast.
We went a different way from usual that day.
go by bus/train/car etc
It'll be quicker to go by train.

go and do something

also go do something American English [not in past tenses] to move to a particular place in order to do something:
Go wash your hands.
I went and spoke to the manager.
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go flying/laughing/rushing etc

to move in a particular way, or to do something as you are moving:
The plate went crashing to the floor.
The bullet went flying over my head.
John went rushing off down the corridor.


a) [intransitive] to be at a concert, party, meeting etc
go to
Are you going to Manuela's party?
I first went to a rock concert when I was 15.

go to school/church/work etc

to regularly attend school, a church etc:
He doesn't go to the synagogue these days.


[intransitive] to leave a place:
What time does the last train go?
Right, let's go!
She turned to go.
be/get going
It's late! I must get going.

do particular activity

[intransitive and transitive] to leave the place where you are, in order to do something
go for a walk/swim etc
Let's go for a walk.
go shopping/swimming/skiing etc
I need to go shopping this afternoon.
go on a trip/tour/cruise etc
My parents are going on a cruise.

be going to do something

a) to intend to do something:
I'm going to tell Dad what you said.
b) used to talk about what will happen in the future:
He looked as if he was going to cry.
It's going to rain later.


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, not in progressive] to reach as far as a particular place or to lead to a particular place:
The road goes through the middle of the forest.
The belt won't go around my waist.


[linking verb] to change in some way, especially by becoming worse than before:
The company went bankrupt last year.
go bad/sour etc
The bread's gone mouldy.
go grey/white etc
Her hair is starting to go grey.
go mad/deaf/bald etc
He went crazy and tried to kill her.
go wild/mad/white etc with something
The crowd was going wild with excitement.
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[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to happen or develop in a particular way:
How did your French test go?
go well/smoothly/fine etc
The party went well.
Everything's going fine at the moment.
I feel very encouraged by the way things are going.
Many industries have been forced to cut jobs and it looks like the electronics industry is going the same way.

how are things going?/how's it going?/how goes it?

spoken used to ask someone what is happening in their life, especially used as a greeting:
'Hi Jane. How's it going?' 'Fine, thanks.'

usual position

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, not in progressive] if something goes somewhere, that is its usual position:
Where do the plates go?
The book goes on the top shelf.


[intransitive not in progressive] to be the right size, shape, or amount for a particular space
go in/under/inside etc
I don't think all that will go in the suitcase.

be sent

[intransitive] to be sent or passed on
go by/through/to etc
The email went to everyone in the company.
That letter should go by special delivery.
Complaints must go through the proper channels.

be in a particular state/condition

[linking verb] to be in a particular state or condition, especially a bad one:
Many families are forced to go hungry.

go unanswered/unnoticed/unrewarded etc

to not be answered, noticed etc:
All my letters went unanswered.
He hoped that his nervousness would go unnoticed.


[intransitive] to start doing something:
The preparations have been completed and we're ready to go.
Generally the action doesn't get going (=start) until after midnight.
I'm going to get going on (=start doing) the decorating next week.

work well

[intransitive] if a clock, watch, or machine goes, it moves and works as it should do:
My watch isn't going.
I couldn't get the pump going (=make it work).

make movement

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] used when you are telling someone about what movement someone or something made:
She went like this with her hand.


[transitive] spoken informal to say something:
I asked her what she meant and she just went, 'Don't ask!'

make a sound

[transitive] to make a particular sound:
The balloon suddenly went bang.

don't go doing something

spoken used to tell someone not to do something, especially something that is wrong or bad:
It's a secret, so don't go telling everyone.

have gone and done something

spoken used when you are surprised or annoyed by what someone has done:
Kay's gone and lost the car keys!

to go

a) still remaining before something happens:
Only ten days to go to Christmas!
b) still having to be done or dealt with before you have finished:
Laura's sat six exams and has two more to go.
c) still to travel before you reach the place you are going to:
only another five miles left to go
d) used for saying that you want to take food away from a restaurant and eat it somewhere else:
Two chicken dinners with corn to go.

don't go there

spoken informal used to say that you do not want to think or talk about something:
'John and Clare having children?' ' Don't go there!'
'What if the two of them...' Don't even go there!

story/discussion/song etc

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive not in progressive]XX used to talk about what something such as a story or song consists of:
The argument goes like this.
We need to 'spread a little happiness', as the song goes.
The story goes that my grandfather saved his captain's life in battle.

whistle/bell etc

[intransitive] to make a noise as a warning or signal:
A bell goes to mark the end of each class.

here/there somebody goes again

spoken used when someone has annoyed you by doing something they know you do not like:
There you go again, jumping to conclusions.


[intransitive] to no longer exist or no longer be in the same place [= disappear]:
Has your headache gone yet?
The door was open and all his things had gone.

get into worse condition

[intransitive] if one of your senses such as sight, hearing etc is going, it is getting worse:
Dad's eyesight is starting to go.
I'd forgotten that. My mind must be going.

to be obeyed

[intransitive] if what someone says goes, that person is in authority and what they say should be obeyed:
Phil's in charge, and what he says goes.

be damaged

[intransitive] to become weak, damaged etc, or stop working properly:
The bulb's gone in the bathroom.
My jeans are starting to go at the knee.


[intransitive] to die - use this when you want to avoid saying the word 'die':
Now that his wife's gone, he's all on his own.
When I go, I'd like to have my ashes scattered at sea.

➔ dead and gone

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be spent

[intransitive] to be spent:
I don't know where all my money goes!
go on
Half her salary goes on the rent.

be sold

[intransitive] to be sold
go for/at
A house like this would go for £250,000.
go to
The jewels will go to the highest bidder.
He bought me some CDs which were going cheap (=were being sold at a low price).

pay money

[intransitive] to offer a particular amount of money for something:
I'll give you $500 for it but I can't go any higher than that.
go to
I think we could probably go to £15,000.

going, going, gone!

spoken used to say that something has been sold at an auction


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] used to say how quickly or slowly time passes:
The day seemed to go so slowly.

there/bang goes something

spoken used to say that you are disappointed because something has stopped you doing or getting what you wanted:
Well, there goes my chance of fame!

go to show/prove/indicate etc something

to help to prove something:
It just goes to show how much people judge each other by appearances.

be going

informal to be available:
Are there any jobs going at the café?
I'll take that if it's going spare.


[intransitive] if colours, tastes, styles etc go, they look, taste etc good together:
I don't think pink and yellow really go.
go with
Do you think this shirt will go with the skirt I bought?
go together
Pork and apple go especially well together.

as somebody/something goes

used for comparing someone or something with the average person or thing of that type:
As marriages go, it certainly wasn't dull.

go all out

to try very hard to do or get something
go all out for
We're going all out for victory in this afternoon's game.
go all out to do something
The company will be going all out to improve on last year's sales.

have nothing/not much/a lot etc going for somebody/something

used to talk about how many advantages and good qualities someone or something has:
It's a town that's got a lot going for it.

where does somebody/something go from here?

spoken used to ask what should be done next, especially when there is a problem:
So where do you think we should go from here?

leave a job

[intransitive] to leave your job, especially because you are forced to:
He was becoming an embarrassment to the government and had to go.
If Jill goes, who will take her place?

get rid of something

[intransitive] if something goes, someone gets rid of it:
The policies will have to go if the party is to win the next election.
A hundred jobs are expected to go following the merger.


[intransitive] informal to make waste come out of your body

go about

phrasal verb

go about something

to start to do something:
I want to learn German but I don't know the best way to go about it.
go about doing something
The leaflet tells you how to go about making a will.

go about something

to do something in the way that you usually do:
The villagers were going about their business as usual.
She went about her preparations in a quiet businesslike way.
3 British EnglishTTW if a ship goes about, it turns to go in the opposite direction

go after something/somebody

phrasal verb
1 to follow or chase someone or something because you want to catch them:
Joe went after her to make sure she was unhurt.
2 to try to get something:
I can't decide whether to go after the job or not.

go against somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 if something goes against your beliefs, principles etc, it is opposite to them:
This goes against everything I've been brought up to believe in.
I often have to make decisions that go against the grain (=are not what I would normally choose to do).
2 to do the opposite of what someone wants or advises you to do:
She was scared to go against her father's wishes.
3 if a decision, judgment etc goes against you, you do not get the result you want:
His lawyer hinted that the case might go against him.
The vote went against the government.

go ahead

phrasal verb
1 to start to do something, especially after planning it or asking permission to do it
go ahead with
They've decided to go ahead with plans to build 50 new houses on the site.
go ahead and do something
I went ahead and arranged the trip anyway.
2 if an event or process goes ahead, it happens:
A judge has ruled that the music festival can go ahead.
3 spoken used to give someone permission to do something, or let them speak before you:
'Do you mind if I open the window?' 'No, go ahead.'
If you want to leave, go right ahead.
4 also go on ahead to go somewhere before the other people in your group:
You go ahead and we'll catch you up later.
go ahead of
He stood back to let Sue go ahead of him.
5 to start to be winning a game or competition:
Dulwich went ahead after 22 minutes.

go along

phrasal verb
1 if you do something as you go along, you do it without planning or preparing it:
He was making the story up as he went along.
I never had formal training, I just learned the job as I went along.
2 to go to an event or a place where something is happening
go along to
I might go along to the meeting tonight.
3 to happen or develop in a particular way:
Things seem to be going along nicely.

go along with somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to agree with or support someone or something:
I would be happy to go along with the idea.
Often it was easier to go along with her rather than risk an argument.

go along with you!

British English spoken old-fashioned used to tell someone that you do not believe what they are saying

go around

phrasal verb


also go about British English to behave or dress in a particular way
go around doing something
You can't go around accusing people like that.
He goes around in a T-shirt even in winter.


go around (something)

also go about (something) British English if an illness is going around, a lot of people get it:
He had a bad dose of the flu virus that was going around.
There are a lot of nasty bugs going around the school.


go around (something)

also go about (something) British English if news, a story, a joke etc is going around, a lot of people hear it and are talking about it:
A rumour was going around that I was having an affair with my boss.
There was a lot of gossip going around the village.

go around with somebody/go around together

also go about with somebody British English to meet someone often and spend a lot of time with them:
I used to go around with a bad crowd.

enough/plenty to go around

enough for each person:
Is there enough ice-cream to go around?
There were never enough textbooks to go around.

what goes around comes around

used to say that if someone does bad things now, bad things will happen to them in the future

go around in your head

if words, sounds etc go around in your head, you keep remembering them for a long time:
That stupid song kept going around in my head.

➔ go around/round in circles

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go at something/somebody

phrasal verb
1 to attack someone or argue with someone in a noisy way:
The two dogs went at each other.
2 to do something, or start to do something, with a lot of energy:
Mary went at the task with great enthusiasm.

go away

phrasal verb
1 to leave a place or person:
Go away and leave me alone!
I went away wondering if I'd said the wrong thing.
2 to travel to a place and spend some time there, for example for a holiday:
Are you going away this year?
go away for
We're going away for the weekend.
go away to
He's going away to college next year.
go away on
I'm going away on a business trip next week.
3 if a problem, unpleasant feeling etc goes away, it disappears:
Ignoring the crime problem won't make it go away.

go back

phrasal verb
1 to return to a place that you have just come from:
I think we ought to go back now.
go back to/into/inside etc
I felt so sick I just wanted to go back to bed.
go back for
I had to go back for my passport (=to get my passport).

there's no going back

spoken used to say that you cannot make a situation the same as it was before:
I realized that once the baby was born there would be no going back.
3 [ always + adverb/preposition] to have been made, built, or started at some time in the past:
It's a tradition that goes back at least 100 years.
go back to
The building goes back to Roman times.
4 if people go back a particular length of time, they have known each other for that length of time:
Peter and I go back 25 years.
We go back a long way (=we have been friends for a long time).
5 to think about a particular time in the past or something that someone said before:
If you go back 20 years, most people didn't own a computer.
go back to
I'd like to go back to the point that was made earlier.

go back on something

phrasal verb
to not do something that you promised or agreed to do
go back on your word/promise/decision
Delors claimed that the President had gone back on his word.

go back to something

phrasal verb
to start doing something again after you have stopped for a period of time:
He went back to sleep.
go back to doing something
She went back to watching TV.

go before

phrasal verb
1 to happen or exist before something else:
In some ways this program improves on what has gone before.

go before somebody/something

if something goes before a judge, group of people in authority etc, they consider it before making a decision:
The case will go before the court.
The proposal is likely to go before the committee.

go beyond something

phrasal verb
to be much better, worse, more serious etc than something else:
Their relationship had gone beyond friendship.
This goes beyond all limits of acceptable behaviour.

go by

phrasal verb
1 if time goes by, it passes:
Things will get easier as time goes by.
as the days/weeks/years go by
As the weeks went by, I became more and more worried.
hardly a day/week/month etc goes by
Hardly a week goes by without some food scare being reported in the media.
in days/times/years etc gone by (=in the past)
These herbs would have been grown for medicinal purposes in days gone by.

go by something

to form an opinion about someone or something from the information or experience that you have:
You can't always go by appearances.
If his past plays are anything to go by, this should be a play worth watching.

go by something

to do things according to a set of rules or laws:
Only a fool goes by the rules all the time.
There was no doubt that the referee had gone by the book (=had obeyed all the rules).

➔ go by the board

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; ➔ go by the name of something

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go down

phrasal verb

get lower

to become lower in level, amount etc:
His income went down last year.
Computers have gone down in price.
go down by 10%/250/$900 etc
Spending has gone down by 2%.


if something goes down, its quality or standard gets worse:
This neighbourhood has really gone down in the last few years.

go down well/badly/a treat etc

a) to get a particular reaction from someone:
His suggestion did not go down very well.
The movie went down very well in America.
The speech went down a treat with members (=members liked it very much).
The idea went down like a lead balloon (=was not popular or successful).
b) if food or drink goes down well, you enjoy it:
I'm not that hungry so a salad would go down nicely.

go from one place to another

to go from one place to another, especially to a place that is further south
go down to
We're going down to Bournemouth for the weekend.
He's gone down to the store to get some milk.

go down the shops/club/park etc

British English spoken informal to go to the shops, a club etc:
Does anyone want to go down the pub tonight?


if a ship goes down, it sinks:
Ten men died when the ship went down.


if a plane goes down, it suddenly falls to the ground:
An emergency call was received shortly before the plane went down.

become less swollen

to become less swollen:
The swelling will go down if you rest your foot.

lose air

if something that is filled with air goes down, air comes out and it becomes smaller and softer:
Your tyre's gone down.

be remembered

[always + adverb/preposition] to be recorded or remembered in a particular way
go down as
The talks went down as a landmark in the peace process.
The carnival will go down in history (=be remembered for many years) as one of the best ever.


a) to lose a game, competition, or election:
The Hawkers went down 5-9.
go down by
The government went down by 71 votes.
go down to
Liverpool went down to Juventus.
b) to move down to a lower position in an official list of teams or players
go down to
United went down to the second division.


TD if a computer goes down, it stops working for a short time:
If one of the file servers goes down, you lose the whole network.


if lights go down, they become less bright:
The lights went down and the curtain rose on an empty stage.


when the sun goes down, it appears to move down until you cannot see it any more


if the wind goes down, it becomes less strong:
The wind had gone down but the night had turned chilly.


informalSCJ to be sent to prison:
He went down for five years.


spoken informal to happen:
the type of guy who knows what's going down
What's going down?

leave university

British English formal old-fashionedSEC to leave Oxford or Cambridge University at the end of a period of study

go down on somebody

phrasal verb
to touch someone's sexual organs with the lips and tongue in order to give them sexual pleasure

go down with something

phrasal verb
to become ill, especially with an infectious disease:
Half the team had gone down with flu.

go for somebody/something

phrasal verb


British English to attack or criticize someone:
The dog suddenly went for me.

try to get something

to try to get or win something:
Jackson is going for his second gold medal here.
go for it spoken (=used to encourage someone to try to achieve something)
If you really want the job, go for it!

➔ go for broke

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British English to choose something:
I think I'll go for the chocolate cake.

I could/would go for something

spoken used to say that you would like to do or have something:
A full meal for less than five bucks! I could go for that!


informal to like a particular type of person or thing:
Annie tends to go for older men.

the same goes for somebody/something

also that goes for somebody/something too spoken used to say that a statement you have just made is true about someone or something else too:
Close all doors and lock them when you go out. The same goes for windows.

go in

phrasal verb
when the sun or the moon goes in, cloud moves in front of it so that it cannot be seen

go in for something

phrasal verb
1 to do an examination or take part in a competition:
I go in for all the competitions.
2 to do or use something often because you enjoy it or like it:
I never really went in for sports.
3 to choose something as your job:
I suppose I could go in for advertising.

go in with somebody

phrasal verb
to join with someone else to start a business or organization:
Ellie's going in with a friend who's just started a café.

go into something

phrasal verb


[not in passive] to start to do a particular type of job:
I always wanted to go into nursing.
She's thinking of going into business (=starting a business).


[not in passive] to be spent or used to get, make, or do something:
Years of research have gone into this book.
go into doing something
A great deal of time and effort has gone into ensuring that the event runs smoothly.


to explain, describe, or examine something in detail:
I don't want to go into the matter now.
I don't want to go into details now.


[not in passive] to open a particular computer program, window, or file:
Go into your D drive.

be in a particular state

[not in passive] to start to be in a particular state or condition:
She went into labour at midnight and the baby was born at 8 am.
The company went into liquidation.


[not in passive] if a vehicle goes into a tree, wall, or another vehicle, it hits it:
His car went into a lamppost in the high street.


[not in passive] if a number goes into another number, the second number can be divided by the first:
12 goes into 60 five times.

begin to move in particular way

[not in passive] if a vehicle goes into a particular movement, it starts to do it:
The plane had gone into a steep descent.

go off

phrasal verb


to leave a place, especially in order to do something:
John decided to go off on his own.
go off to
He went off to work as usual.
go off to do something
Geoff went off to play golf.


to explode or fire:
The bomb went off at 6.30 this morning.
Fireworks were going off all over the city.
The gun went off and the bullet went flying over his head.

make a noise

if an alarm goes off, it makes a noise to warn you about something:
The thieves ran away when the alarm went off.
I've set the alarm clock to go off at 7 am.

stop liking

go off somebody/something

British English informal to stop liking something or someone:
Many women go off coffee during pregnancy.
go off doing something
I've gone off cooking lately.

stop working

if a machine or piece of equipment goes off, it stops working:
The central heating goes off at 9 o'clock.
Suddenly, all the lights went off.

go off well/badly etc

to happen in a particular way:
The party went off very well.


British English spoken informal to happen [= go on]:
There was a blazing row going off next door.


British English if food goes off, it becomes too bad to eat:
The milk's gone off.


to go to sleep:
I'd just gone off to sleep when the phone rang.

get worse

British English informal to get worse:
He's a singer whose talent has gone off in recent years.

go off on somebody

phrasal verb
to criticize or speak to someone in a very angry way

go off with something/somebody

phrasal verb
1 to leave your usual sexual partner in order to have a relationship with someone else:
She's gone off with her husband's best friend.
2 to take something away from a place without having permission:
Who's gone off with my pen?

go on

phrasal verb


a) to continue doing something or being in a situation
go on doing something
He went on working until he was 91.
go on with
One of the actors was unwell and couldn't go on with the performance.
I can't go on like this for much longer.
b) to continue without stopping:
The noise goes on 24 hours a day.
The screaming went on and on (=continued for a long time).


to happen:
I don't know what's going on.
What were the children doing while all this was going on?
Like all good resorts, there is plenty going on.

do something next

to do something after you have finished doing something else
go on to do something
She went on to become a successful surgeon.
go on to
Go on to the next question when you've finished.

continue talking

to continue talking, especially after stopping or changing to a different subject:
Go on, I'm listening.
'But,' he went on, 'we have to deal with the problems we're facing.'
go on with
After a short pause Maria went on with her story.

go on

a) used to encourage someone to do something:
Go on, have another piece of cake.
b) used when you are agreeing to do something or giving permission for something:
'Are you sure you won't have another drink?' 'Oh, go on then.'
'Can I go outside, Dad?' 'Yeah, go on then.'
c) also go on with you British English old-fashioned used to tell someone that you do not believe them

use as proof

go on something

to base an opinion or judgment on something:
Police haven't much to go on in their hunt for the killer.

start to work

if a machine or piece of equipment goes on, it starts to work:
The heat goes on automatically at 6 o'clock.


to pass:
As time went on, I grew fond of him.


British English informal the way someone goes on is the way they behave:
The way she's going on, she'll have a nervous breakdown.

be going on (for) 5 o'clock/60/25 etc

to be nearly a particular time, age, number etc:
Nancy must be going on for 60.
She's one of those wise teenagers who's 16 going on 70 (=she behaves as though she is older than she is).

go in front

also go on ahead to go somewhere before the other people you are with:
Bill went on in the car and I followed on foot.

talk too much

informal to talk too much:
I really like Clare but she does go on.
go on about
I got tired of him going on about all his problems.
He just went on and on about his new girlfriend.


British English informal to continue to criticize someone or ask them to do something in a way that annoys them:
The way she went on, you would have thought it was all my fault.
go on at
Stop going on at me!
go on at somebody to do something
My wife's always going on at me to dress better.
go on at somebody about something
He's always going on at me about fixing the door.


British English spoken informal to develop or make progress

to be going on with/to go on with

British English informal if you have enough of something to be going on with, you have enough for now:
Have you got enough money to be going on with?

go out

phrasal verb

leave your house

to leave your house, especially in order to enjoy yourself:
Are you going out tonight?
go out for
We went out for a meal and then on to a movie.
go out doing something
Liam goes out drinking every Friday.
go out to do something
Can I go out to play now?
go out and do something
You should go out and get some fresh air.


to have a romantic relationship with someone:
They've been going out for two years now.
go out with
Tina used to go out with my brother.
go out together
How long have you been going out together?


to stop burning or shining:
Suddenly the candle went out.


British English to be broadcast on television or radio:
The programme goes out live at 5 o'clock on Mondays.

be sent

to be sent:
A copy of the instructions should go out with the equipment.
The magazine goes out to all members at the end of the month.


to stop playing in a competition because you have lost a game:
He went out in the first round.

move abroad

to travel to another country in order to live and work there
go out to
They are looking for nurses to go out to Saudi Arabia.

no longer fashionable

to stop being fashionable or used:
Hats like that went out years ago.
This kind of entertainment went out with the ark (=is very old-fashioned).


when the tide goes out, the sea moves away from the land [≠ come in]

make public

if news or a message goes out, it is officially announced to everyone:
The appeal went out for food and medicines.

your heart/thoughts go out to somebody

used to say that you feel sympathy for someone and are thinking about them:
Our hearts go out to the victim's family.


[always + adverb/preposition] literary to end:
March went out with high winds and rain.

go over

phrasal verb

think about

go over something

to think very carefully about something:
I had gone over and over what happened in my mind.


go over something

to search or examine something very carefully:
In the competition, the judge goes over each dog and assesses it.


go over something

to repeat something in order to explain it or make sure it is correct:
Once again I went over exactly what I needed to say.


go over something

to clean something

go over well

also go over big American English if something goes over well, people like it:
That kind of salesman talk doesn't go over very well with the scientists.

go over to something

phrasal verb
1 to change to a different place or person for the next part of a television or radio programme:
We're going over to the White House for an important announcement.
2 to change to a different way of doing things:
They went over to a computerized records system.
3 to change to a different political party or religion:
the Labour MP who went over to the Conservatives last year

go round

phrasal verb

go through

phrasal verb

difficult/unpleasant situation

go through something

to experience a difficult or unpleasant situation, feeling etc:
When you're going through a crisis, it often helps to talk to someone.
He's going through a divorce at the moment.
It is devastating for a parent to watch a child go through misery.


go through something

to experience a particular process:
Candidates must go through a process of selection.
Caterpillars go through several stages of growth.


go through something

to use up money or a supply of something:
We went through five pints of milk last week.


go through (something)

if a law goes through, or goes through Parliament, it is officially accepted


BBBF if a deal or agreement goes through, it is officially accepted and agreed:
He accepted the offer and the deal went through.
The sale of the land went through.


go through something

to practise something, for example a performance:
Let's go through the whole thing again, from the beginning.


go through something

to search something in order to find something in particular:
Dave went through his pockets looking for the keys.
Customs officers went through all my bags.


go through something

to read or discuss something in order to make sure it is correct:
We'll go through the details later on.
Do you want me to go through this and check your spellings?

go through with something

phrasal verb
to do something you had promised or planned to do, even though it causes problems or you are no longer sure you want to do it:
He bravely went through with the wedding ceremony even though he was in a lot of pain.
I had no choice but to go through with it.

go to somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to begin to experience or do something, or begin to be in a particular state:
I lay down and went to sleep.
Britain and Germany went to war in 1939.
2 to be given to someone or something:
All the money raised will go to local charities.

go together

phrasal verb
1 [not in progressive] if two things go together, they exist together or are connected in some way:
Alcohol abuse and eating disorders often go together.
2 old-fashioned if two people are going together, they are having a romantic relationship

go towards something

phrasal verb
if money goes towards something, it is used to pay part of the cost of that thing:
The money will go towards a new hospice.
go towards doing something
All money raised will go towards renovating the building.

go under

phrasal verb
1 if a business goes under, it has to stop operating because of financial problems:
More than 7000 businesses have gone under in the last three months.
2 to sink beneath the surface of water:
The Titanic finally went under.
She went under, coughing and spluttering.

go up

phrasal verb


to increase in price, amount, level etc:
Train fares have gone up.
Blood-sugar levels go up as you digest food.
go up by 10%/250/£900 etc
Unemployment in the country has gone up by a million.
go up from something to something
Spending on research went up from $426 million to $461 million.


if a building or sign goes up, it is built or fixed into place:
It was a lovely place before all these new houses went up.


to explode, or be destroyed in a fire:
He had left the gas on and the whole kitchen went up.
The whole building went up in flames.

➔ go up in smoke

at smoke1 (3)


if a shout or a cheer goes up, people start to shout or cheer
go up from
A great cheer went up from the audience.

to another place

British English to go from one place to another, especially to a place that is further north, or to a town or city from a smaller place
go up to
We're going up to Scotland next weekend.
He went up to the farm to get some eggs.


if lights go up, they become brighter:
when the lights went up at the end of the performance


British English formal old-fashionedSEC to begin studying at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge University

go with somebody/something

phrasal verb

be part of

to be included as part of something:
The house goes with the job.
He had fame, money, and everything that goes with it.
go with doing something
Responsibility goes with becoming a father.

exist together

to often exist with something else or be related to something else:
Ill-health often goes with poverty.


old-fashioned to have a romantic relationship with someone

have sex

informal to have sex with someone


to accept someone's idea or plan:
Let's go with John's original proposal.

go without

phrasal verb

go without (something)

to not have something that you usually have:
I like to give the children what they want even if I have to go without.
It is possible to go without food for a few days.

it goes without saying (that)

used to say that something is so clearly true that it does not need to be said:
The Internet, too, it goes without saying, is a good source of information.

become, get, go, turn, grow, come
become can be followed by an adjective or noun, not a verb Her husband became jealous. We soon became friends.The following words are used with an adjective instead of become, in certain cases:get is very often used instead of become, and is more usual in spoken English I was getting hungry. Things got worse and worse.go is usedto say that something changes colour The sky went say that someone feels a change in their body My fingers have gone numb. with blind and deaf He went blind. with mad, insane, crazy etc The crowd went wild.turn is used especially to say that something changes colour The liquid turned green. His face turned pale.grow can be used in fairly literary written English to say that something changes gradually It grew dark as we walked.with a to-infinitive, to say that someone gradually starts doing something We grew to love each other.come is usedwith adjectives like apart, undone, and unstuck Your shoelace has come undone. A few pages came loose. with true Her prediction came true. with a to-infinitive to say that someone starts doing something I eventually came to realize (NOT became to realize) I was wrong.See also become

come, go
Use come for movement towards the place where the speaker is or will be Come and see me at my office. | I could see them coming down the hill (=getting nearer to me) . | When are you coming home (=to our home) ?Use go for movement in other directions Are you going to Sally's tonight? | I wish he would go home (=to his home, away from me).See also come

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