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:
Board \Board\ (b[=o]rd), n. [OE. bord, AS. bord board,
shipboard; akin to bred plank, Icel. bor[eth] board, side of
a ship, Goth. f[=o]tu-baurd footstool, D. bord board, G.
brett, bort. See def. 8. [root]92.]
1. A piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length
and breadth as compared with the thickness, -- used for
Note: When sawed thick, as over one and a half or two inches,
it is usually called a plank.
2. A table to put food upon.
Note: The term board answers to the modern table, but it was
often movable, and placed on trestles. --Halliwell.
Fruit of all kinds . . .
She gathers, tribute large, and on the board
Heaps with unsparing hand. --Milton.
3. Hence: What is served on a table as food; stated meals;
provision; entertainment; -- usually as furnished for pay;
as, to work for one's board; the price of board.
4. A table at which a council or court is held. Hence: A
council, convened for business, or any authorized assembly
or meeting, public or private; a number of persons
appointed or elected to sit in council for the management
or direction of some public or private business or trust;
as, the Board of Admiralty; a board of trade; a board of
directors, trustees, commissioners, etc.
Both better acquainted with affairs than any other
who sat then at that board. --Clarendon.
We may judge from their letters to the board.
5. A square or oblong piece of thin wood or other material
used for some special purpose, as, a molding board; a
board or surface painted or arranged for a game; as, a
chessboard; a backgammon board.
6. Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers,
etc.; pasteboard; as, to bind a book in boards.
7. pl. The stage in a theater; as, to go upon the boards, to
enter upon the theatrical profession.
8. [In this use originally perh. a different word meaning
border, margin; cf. D. boord, G. bord, shipboard, and G.
borte trimming; also F. bord (fr. G.) the side of a ship.
Cf. Border.] The border or side of anything. (Naut.)
(a) The side of a ship. "Now board to board the rival
vessels row." --Dryden. See On board, below.
(b) The stretch which a ship makes in one tack.
Note: Board is much used adjectively or as the last part of a
compound; as, fir board, clapboard, floor board,
shipboard, sideboard, ironing board, chessboard,
cardboard, pasteboard, seaboard; board measure.
The American Board, a shortened form of "The American Board
of Commissioners for Foreign Missions" (the foreign
missionary society of the American Congregational
Bed and board. See under Bed.
Board and board (Naut.), side by side.
Board of control, six privy councilors formerly appointed
to superintend the affairs of the British East Indies.
Board rule, a figured scale for finding without calculation
the number of square feet in a board. --Haldeman.
Board of trade, in England, a committee of the privy
council appointed to superintend matters relating to
trade. In the United States, a body of men appointed for
the advancement and protection of their business
interests; a chamber of commerce.
(a) Food and lodging supplied as compensation for
services; as, to work hard, and get only board wages.
(b) Money wages which are barely sufficient to buy food
(c) A separate or special allowance of wages for the
procurement of food, or food and lodging. --Dryden.
By the board, over the board, or side. "The mast went by
the board." --Totten. Hence (Fig.),
To go by the board, to suffer complete destruction or
To enter on the boards, to have one's name inscribed on a
board or tablet in a college as a student. [Cambridge,
England.] "Having been entered on the boards of Trinity
To make a good board (Naut.), to sail in a straight line
when close-hauled; to lose little to leeward.
To make short boards, to tack frequently.
(a) On shipboard; in a ship or a boat; on board of; as, I
came on board early; to be on board ship.
(b) In or into a railway car or train. [Colloq. U. S.]
Returning board, a board empowered to canvass and make an
official statement of the votes cast at an election.