[syn: fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down]
1. functioning correctly and ready for action;
- Example: "all systems are go"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Go \Go\ (g[=o]), obs. p. p. of Go.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Go \Go\, v. i. [imp. Went (w[e^]nt); p. p. Gone (g[o^]n;
115); p. pr. & vb. n. Going. Went comes from the AS,
wendan. See Wend, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to
D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan.
gaae; cf. Gr. kicha`nai to reach, overtake, Skr. h[=a] to go,
AS. gangan, and E. gang. The past tense in AS., eode, is from
the root i to go, as is also Goth. iddja went. [root]47a. Cf.
Gang, v. i., Wend.]
1. To pass from one place to another; to be in motion; to be
in a state not motionless or at rest; to proceed; to
advance; to make progress; -- used, in various
applications, of the movement of both animate and
inanimate beings, by whatever means, and also of the
movements of the mind; also figuratively applied.
2. To move upon the feet, or step by step; to walk; also, to
walk step by step, or leisurely.
Note: In old writers go is much used as opposed to run, or
ride. "Whereso I go or ride." --Chaucer.
You know that love
Will creep in service where it can not go.
Thou must run to him; for thou hast staid so long
that going will scarce serve the turn. --Shak.
He fell from running to going, and from going to
clambering upon his hands and his knees.
Note: In Chaucer go is used frequently with the pronoun in
the objective used reflexively; as, he goeth him home.
3. To be passed on fron one to another; to pass; to
circulate; hence, with for, to have currency; to be taken,
accepted, or regarded.
The man went among men for an old man in the days of
Saul. --1 Sa. xvii.
[The money] should go according to its true value.
4. To proceed or happen in a given manner; to fare; to move
on or be carried on; to have course; to come to an issue
or result; to succeed; to turn out.
How goes the night, boy ? --Shak.
I think, as the world goes, he was a good sort of
man enough. --Arbuthnot.
Whether the cause goes for me or against me, you
must pay me the reward. --I Watts.
5. To proceed or tend toward a result, consequence, or
product; to tend; to conduce; to be an ingredient; to
avail; to apply; to contribute; -- often with the
infinitive; as, this goes to show.
Against right reason all your counsels go. --Dryden.
To master the foul flend there goeth some complement
knowledge of theology. --Sir W.
6. To apply one's self; to set one's self; to undertake.
Seeing himself confronted by so many, like a
resolute orator, he went not to denial, but to
justify his cruel falsehood. --Sir P.
Note: Go, in this sense, is often used in the present
participle with the auxiliary verb to be, before an
infinitive, to express a future of intention, or to
denote design; as, I was going to say; I am going to
7. To proceed by a mental operation; to pass in mind or by an
act of the memory or imagination; -- generally with over
By going over all these particulars, you may receive
some tolerable satisfaction about this great
8. To be with young; to be pregnant; to gestate.
The fruit she goes with,
I pray for heartily, that it may find
Good time, and live. --Shak.
9. To move from the person speaking, or from the point whence
the action is contemplated; to pass away; to leave; to
depart; -- in opposition to stay and come.
I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord
your God; . . . only ye shall not go very far away.
10. To pass away; to depart forever; to be lost or ruined; to
perish; to decline; to decease; to die.
By Saint George, he's gone!
That spear wound hath our master sped. --Sir W.
11. To reach; to extend; to lead; as, a line goes across the
street; his land goes to the river; this road goes to New
His amorous expressions go no further than virtue
may allow. --Dryden.
12. To have recourse; to resort; as, to go to law.
Note: Go is used, in combination with many prepositions and
adverbs, to denote motion of the kind indicated by the
preposition or adverb, in which, and not in the verb,
lies the principal force of the expression; as, to go
against to go into, to go out, to go aside, to go
Go to, come; move; go away; -- a phrase of exclamation,
serious or ironical.
To go a-begging, not to be in demand; to be undesired.
To go about.
(a) To set about; to enter upon a scheme of action; to
undertake. "They went about to slay him." --Acts ix.
They never go about . . . to hide or palliate
their vices. --Swift.
(b) (Naut.) To tack; to turn the head of a ship; to wear.
To go abraod.
(a) To go to a foreign country.
(b) To go out of doors.
(c) To become public; to be published or disclosed; to be
Then went this saying abroad among the
brethren. --John xxi.
To go against.
(a) To march against; to attack.
(b) To be in opposition to; to be disagreeable to.
To go ahead.
(a) To go in advance.
(b) To go on; to make progress; to proceed.
To go and come. See To come and go, under Come.
To go aside.
(a) To withdraw; to retire.
He . . . went aside privately into a desert
place. --Luke. ix.
(b) To go from what is right; to err. --Num. v. 29.
To go back on.
(a) To retrace (one's path or footsteps).
(b) To abandon; to turn against; to betray. [Slang, U.
To go below
(Naut), to go below deck.
To go between, to interpose or mediate between; to be a
secret agent between parties; in a bad sense, to pander.
To go beyond. See under Beyond.
To go by, to pass away unnoticed; to omit.
To go by the board (Naut.), to fall or be carried
overboard; as, the mast went by the board.
To go down.
(a) To descend.
(b) To go below the horizon; as, the sun has gone down.
(c) To sink; to founder; -- said of ships, etc.
(d) To be swallowed; -- used literally or figuratively.
Nothing so ridiculous, . . . but it goes down
whole with him for truth. --L' Estrange.
To go far.
(a) To go to a distance.
(b) To have much weight or influence.
To go for.
(a) To go in quest of.
(b) To represent; to pass for.
(c) To favor; to advocate.
(d) To attack; to assault. [Low]
(e) To sell for; to be parted with for (a price).
To go for nothing, to be parted with for no compensation or
result; to have no value, efficacy, or influence; to count
To go forth.
(a) To depart from a place.
(b) To be divulged or made generally known; to emanate.
The law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of
the Lord from Jerusalem. --Micah iv. 2.
To go hard with, to trouble, pain, or endanger.
To go in, to engage in; to take part. [Colloq.]
To go in and out, to do the business of life; to live; to
have free access. --John x. 9.
To go in for. [Colloq.]
(a) To go for; to favor or advocate (a candidate, a
(b) To seek to acquire or attain to (wealth, honor,
(c) To complete for (a reward, election, etc.).
(d) To make the object of one's labors, studies, etc.
He was as ready to go in for statistics as for
anything else. --Dickens.
To go in to or To go in unto.
(a) To enter the presence of. --Esther iv. 16.
(b) To have sexual intercourse with. [Script.]
To go into.
(a) To speak of, investigate, or discuss (a question,
(b) To participate in (a war, a business, etc.).
To go large.
(Naut) See under Large.
To go off.
(a) To go away; to depart.
The leaders . . . will not go off until they
hear you. --Shak.
(b) To cease; to intermit; as, this sickness went off.
(c) To die. --Shak.
(d) To explode or be discharged; -- said of gunpowder, of
a gun, a mine, etc.
(e) To find a purchaser; to be sold or disposed of.
(f) To pass off; to take place; to be accomplished.
The wedding went off much as such affairs do.
To go on.
(a) To proceed; to advance further; to continue; as, to
go on reading.
(b) To be put or drawn on; to fit over; as, the coat will
not go on.
To go all fours, to correspond exactly, point for point.
It is not easy to make a simile go on all fours.
To go out.
(a) To issue forth from a place.
(b) To go abroad; to make an excursion or expedition.
There are other men fitter to go out than I.
What went ye out for to see ? --Matt. xi. 7,
(c) To become diffused, divulged, or spread abroad, as
news, fame etc.
(d) To expire; to die; to cease; to come to an end; as,
the light has gone out.
Life itself goes out at thy displeasure.
To go over.
(a) To traverse; to cross, as a river, boundary, etc.; to
I must not go over Jordan. --Deut. iv.
Let me go over, and see the good land that is
beyond Jordan. --Deut. iii.
Ishmael . . . departed to go over to the
Ammonites. --Jer. xli.
(b) To read, or study; to examine; to review; as, to go
over one's accounts.
If we go over the laws of Christianity, we
shall find that . . . they enjoin the same
(c) To transcend; to surpass.
(d) To be postponed; as, the bill went over for the
(e) (Chem.) To be converted (into a specified substance
or material); as, monoclinic sulphur goes over into
orthorhombic, by standing; sucrose goes over into
dextrose and levulose.
To go through.
(a) To accomplish; as, to go through a work.
(b) To suffer; to endure to the end; as, to go through a
surgical operation or a tedious illness.
(c) To spend completely; to exhaust, as a fortune.
(d) To strip or despoil (one) of his property. [Slang]
(e) To botch or bungle a business. [Scot.]
To go through with, to perform, as a calculation, to the
end; to complete.
To go to ground.
(a) To escape into a hole; -- said of a hunted fox.
(b) To fall in battle.
To go to naught (Colloq.), to prove abortive, or
To go under.
(a) To set; -- said of the sun.
(b) To be known or recognized by (a name, title, etc.).
(c) To be overwhelmed, submerged, or defeated; to perish;
To go up, to come to nothing; to prove abortive; to fail.
To go upon, to act upon, as a foundation or hypothesis.
To go with.
(a) To accompany.
(b) To coincide or agree with.
(c) To suit; to harmonize with.
To go well with, To go ill with, To go hard with, to
affect (one) in such manner.
To go without, to be, or to remain, destitute of.
To go wrong.
(a) To take a wrong road or direction; to wander or
(b) To depart from virtue.
(c) To happen unfortunately; to unexpectedly cause a
mishap or failure.
(d) To miss success; to fail.
To let go, to allow to depart; to quit one's hold; to
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Go \Go\, v. t.
1. To take, as a share in an enterprise; to undertake or
become responsible for; to bear a part in.
They to go equal shares in the booty. --L'Estrange.
2. To bet or wager; as, I'll go you a shilling. [Colloq.]
To go halves, to share with another equally.
To go it, to behave in a wild manner; to be uproarious; to
carry on; also, to proceed; to make progress. [Colloq.]
To go it alone (Card Playing), to play a hand without the
assistance of one's partner.
To go one's way, to set forth; to depart.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Go \Go\, n.
1. Act; working; operation. [Obs.]
So gracious were the goes of marriage. --Marston.
2. A circumstance or occurrence; an incident. [Slang]
This is a pretty go. --Dickens.
3. The fashion or mode; as, quite the go. [Colloq.]
4. Noisy merriment; as, a high go. [Colloq.]
5. A glass of spirits. [Slang]
6. Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance;
push; as, there is no go in him. [Colloq.]
7. (Cribbage) That condition in the course of the game when a
player can not lay down a card which will not carry the
aggregate count above thirty-one.
8. Something that goes or is successful; a success; as, he
made a go of it; also, an agreement.
"Well," said Fleming, "is it a go?" --Bret Harte.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Great go, Little go, the final and the preliminary
examinations for a degree. [Slang, Eng. Univ.]
No go, a failure; a fiasco. [Slang] --Thackeray.
On the go, moving about; unsettled. [Colloq.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
All fours \All` fours"\ [formerly, All` four".]
All four legs of a quadruped; or the two legs and two arms of
To be, go, or run, on all fours (Fig.), to be on the
same footing; to correspond (with) exactly; to be alike in
all the circumstances to be considered. "This example is
on all fours with the other." "No simile can go on all
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: functioning correctly and ready for action; "all systems
are go" [ant: no-go]
n 1: a time for working (after which you will be relieved by
someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work" [syn: go,
spell, tour, turn]
2: street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine [syn: Adam,
ecstasy, XTC, go, disco biscuit, cristal, X, hug
3: a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it
a whirl" [syn: crack, fling, go, pass, whirl,
4: a board game for two players who place counters on a grid;
the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's
counters [syn: go, go game]
v 1: change location; move, travel, or proceed, also
metaphorically; "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" [syn: travel, go,
move, locomote] [ant: stay in place]
2: follow a procedure or take a course; "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" [syn: go, proceed, move]
3: move away from a place into another direction; "Go away
before I start to cry"; "The train departs at noon" [syn:
go, go away, depart] [ant: come, come up]
4: enter or assume a certain state or condition; "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!" [syn: become, go, get]
5: be awarded; be allotted; "The first prize goes to Mary"; "Her
money went on clothes"
6: have a particular form; "the story or argument runs as
follows"; "as the saying goes..." [syn: run, go]
7: stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or
extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "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" [syn: run, go, pass, lead, extend]
8: follow a certain course; "The inauguration went well"; "how
did your interview go?" [syn: proceed, go]
9: be abolished or discarded; "These ugly billboards have to
go!"; "These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge"
10: be or continue to be in a certain condition; "The children
went hungry that day"
11: make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun
went `bang'" [syn: sound, go]
12: perform as expected when applied; "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" [syn:
function, work, operate, go, run] [ant:
13: to be spent or finished; "The money had gone after a few
days"; "Gas is running low at the gas stations in the
Midwest" [syn: run low, run short, go]
14: progress by being changed; "The speech has to go through
several more drafts"; "run through your presentation before
the meeting" [syn: move, go, run]
15: continue to live through hardship or adversity; "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?" [syn: survive,
last, live, live on, go, endure, hold up, hold
16: pass, fare, or elapse; of a certain state of affairs or
action; "How is it going?"; "The day went well until I got
17: pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and
functions necessary to sustain life; "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" [syn: die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass
away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's
chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop
dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it] [ant: be
18: be in the right place or situation; "Where do these books
belong?"; "Let's put health care where it belongs--under the
control of the government"; "Where do these books go?" [syn:
19: be ranked or compare; "This violinist is as good as
Juilliard-trained violinists go"
20: begin or set in motion; "I start at eight in the morning";
"Ready, set, go!" [syn: start, go, get going] [ant:
21: have a turn; make one's move in a game; "Can I go now?"
[syn: move, go]
22: be contained in; "How many times does 18 go into 54?"
23: be sounded, played, or expressed; "How does this song go
24: blend or harmonize; "This flavor will blend with those in
your dish"; "This sofa won't go with the chairs" [syn:
blend, go, blend in]
25: lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the
basement"; "The road runs South" [syn: go, lead]
26: be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired;
"This piece won't fit into the puzzle" [syn: fit, go]
27: go through in search of something; search through someone's
belongings in an unauthorized way; "Who rifled through my
desk drawers?" [syn: rifle, go]
28: be spent; "All my money went for food and rent"
29: give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group
or number; "I plumped for the losing candidates" [syn:
30: stop operating or functioning; "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" [syn: fail, go bad, give way, die,
give out, conk out, go, break, break down]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
682 Moby Thesaurus words for "go":
Olympic games, Olympics, abstain from, accompany,
accomplished fact, accomplishment, accord, achievement, act,
act on, act upon, acta, action, admire, adopt, advance, adventure,
adventuresomeness, adventurousness, aggression, aggressiveness,
agree, agree to, agree with, aim, almost, ambitiousness, apply to,
approach, approaching, arrival, articulate, ascend, assail,
assault, assay, assent to, associate, associate with, attack,
attempt, back, back up, bang, bank on, be annihilated, be blooded,
be changed, be consumed, be converted into, be destroyed,
be done for, be effective, be getting along, be gone, be guided by,
be in action, be lost, be no more, be received, be remembered,
be successful, be there, be wiped out, bear, bear a hand, become,
begin, belong, bend to, bias, bid, birr, blend, blow, blow up,
bout, brave, break, brook, budge, buzz off, carry, carry on,
carry out, catch on, cease, cease to be, cease to exist,
cease to live, chance, change, change place, chatter, choose,
circle, circulate, circumstance, clean, click, climb, clip off,
collapse, come about, come along, come away, come off, come on,
come to be, come to naught, come to nothing, commemorated,
communicate with, commute, concern, concours, conduce, conk out,
connect, connect with, contest, continue, contribute, count on,
coup, course, court, cover, cover ground, crack, cruise, date,
dealings, decamp, decathlon, decease, decline, decrease, deed,
defecate, degenerate, delve into, dematerialize, depart,
depart this life, depend on, derby, descend, deteriorate, detonate,
die, die away, die out, dig, diminish, disappear, discuss,
disintegrate, dispel, disperse, dispose, dissipate, dissolve, do,
do a fade-out, do something, do something about, doing, doings,
double-header, doubles, drift away, drive, drop, dwindle, dynamism,
ebb, effective, effectual, effort, elapse, embark on, embrace,
encompass, encounter, end, endeavor, endure, engage in, engagement,
enter, enterprise, enterprisingness, enunciate, environ, episode,
erode, erupt, escort, espouse, essay, evanesce, evaporate, event,
examine, exit, experience, experiment, expire, explode, exploit,
extend, extend out, fade, fade away, fade out, fail, fait accompli,
fall, fall asleep, fancy, fare, fare forth, farewell, favor, feat,
fetch, fight, fire, fit, fit in, flag, flee, fling, flit, flow,
fly, fold, follow, force, forcefulness, forsake, fortunate outcome,
founder, foursome, function, functional, gabble, gain ground,
gambit, game, games, games of chance, gang, gang along,
gather head, gather way, gest, get, get ahead, get along, get away,
get off, get on, get over, get to be, get under way, get with it,
get-up-and-get, get-up-and-go, getup, give out, give way, go,
go about, go ahead, go along, go along with, go around, go at,
go away, go back on, go back to, go bad, go bankrupt, go by,
go down, go fast, go for, go forward, go great guns, go in for,
go into, go off, go on, go out, go over, go over big, go round,
go sideways, go through, go to town, go together, go under, go up,
go with, go-ahead, go-getting, go-to-itiveness, graduate, grow,
gumption, gymkhana, gyrate, hand, handiwork, hang out with, happen,
happening, hardihood, harmonize, harmonize with, have a tendency,
have effect, have free play, have its place, have place, have play,
head, hide, hie, hit, hold, hold a heading, hustle, incident,
incline, increase, initiative, inning, innings, inquire into,
inspect, investigate, involve, job, journey, joust, keep on,
kick the bucket, lack, last, last out, lead, lean, leave,
leave no trace, leave the scene, lick, lie, lift a finger, like,
live, live through, look at, look to, lose, make, make a hit,
make an entrance, make good time, make head against, make headway,
make off, make progress, make progress against, make strides,
make up leeway, maneuver, march off, match, matching, measure,
meet, meet with success, meeting, melt, melt away, mention,
militate, mosey, moulder, mount, move, move along, move away,
move forward, move off, move on, move out, move over, moxie,
natter, near, nearing, nearly, need, not quite, obtain, occasion,
occur, offer, open to, operate, operation, operational, operative,
opportunity, originate in, outdistance, outlie, outrange,
outstretch, overt act, part, pass, pass along, pass away, pass by,
pass muster, pass on, pass out, pass over, passage, pee, peg out,
pentathlon, pep, percolate, perform, performance, perish, perk,
persevere, persist, peter out, place, play, play-off, plunge,
point, point to, pop, potency, practical, prefer, prevail, probe,
proceed, proceed with, proceeding, process, production, progress,
pronounce, prosper, prosperity, prosperous issue, pull away,
pull out, pursue, push, push on, pushfulness, pushiness,
pushingness, put off mortality, put up with, qualify, quit,
quit this world, race, rally, range, range out, reach, reach out,
read, recalled, recede, recorded, redound to, regress, rehearse,
reiterate, relate to, relief, relish, rely on, rencontre, repair,
repeat, repudiate, res gestae, retire, retire from sight, retract,
retreat, retrocede, retrogress, return to, return to dust,
revert to, review, revolve, rise, roll, roll on, rot, rotate,
round, run, run out, runoff, sashay, sashay off, satisfy, say,
scan, scrutinize, serve, set, set about, set off, set out,
set toward, set upon, shift, shot, show a tendency, shrink,
singles, sink, sink away, skim over, slap, slip away, snap, soar,
socialize, sound, sour, span, spell, spin, spirit, spoil, sport,
spread, spunk, stab, stagger, stagger along, stand, stand off,
starch, start, steer, stem, step, step forward, stint, stir,
stop breathing, straddle, stream, stretch, stretch out,
strike a blow, stroke, strong bid, study, stunt, submerge,
submit to, subside, succeed, success, succumb, suffer,
suffer an eclipse, suffice, support, surround, survive, sweep,
tackle, take, take a hand, take a shit, take action, take effect,
take flight, take in, take measures, take off, take place,
take steps, take up, take wing, tend, tend to go, tentative, test,
thing, thing done, threesome, thrust out, tick, tidy up, tilt,
time, time at bat, toddle along, tolerate, touch on, tour,
tour de force, tournament, tourney, transaction, travel, trek,
trend, trial, trial and error, trick, try, tuck, turn, turn into,
twirl, twosome, undergo, undertake, undertaking, up and die,
up and go, up-and-comingness, urinate, use, utter, vanish,
vanish from sight, venturesomeness, venturousness, verge, victory,
vigor, vitality, voyage, walk out, wane, warp, waste, waste away,
wayfare, weaken, wear away, wear out, wend, whack, whirl,
widen the distance, wing it, withdraw, work, work toward,
work well, work wonders, works, yield the ghost
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A thinking game with an oriental origin
estimated to be around 4000 years old. Nowadays, the game is
played by millions of people in (most notably) China, Japan,
Korea and Taiwan. In the Western world the game is practised
by a yearly increasing number of players. On the Internet
Go players meet, play and talk 24 hours/day on the Internet
Go Server (IGS).
Usenet newsgroup: news:rec.games.go.