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Definitions

  • Peasant Going to Market
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj go functioning correctly and ready for action "all systems are go"
    • v go 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!"
    • v go follow a certain course "The inauguration went well","how did your interview go?"
    • v go 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"
    • v go be abolished or discarded "These ugly billboards have to go!","These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge"
    • v go 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"
    • v go progress by being changed "The speech has to go through several more drafts","run through your presentation before the meeting"
    • v go give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number "I plumped for the losing candidates"
    • v go have a turn; make one's move in a game "Can I go now?"
    • v go to be spent or finished "The money had gone after a few days","Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest"
    • v go be spent "All my money went for food and rent"
    • v go go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"
    • v go 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"
    • v go 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"
    • v go move away from a place into another direction "Go away before I start to cry","The train departs at noon"
    • v go begin or set in motion "I start at eight in the morning","Ready, set, go!"
    • v go make a certain noise or sound "She went `Mmmmm'","The gun went `bang'"
    • v go 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"
    • v go 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"
    • v go be or continue to be in a certain condition "The children went hungry that day"
    • v go 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?"
    • v go be awarded; be allotted "The first prize goes to Mary","Her money went on clothes"
    • v go be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired "This piece won't fit into the puzzle"
    • v go 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"
    • v go lead, extend, or afford access "This door goes to the basement","The road runs South"
    • v go blend or harmonize "This flavor will blend with those in your dish","This sofa won't go with the chairs"
    • v go be sounded, played, or expressed "How does this song go again?"
    • v go be contained in "How many times does 18 go into 54?"
    • v go have a particular form "the story or argument runs as follows","as the saying goes..."
    • v go be ranked or compare "This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go"
    • v go 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?"
    • n go a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters
    • n go a usually brief attempt "he took a crack at it","I gave it a whirl"
    • n go street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
    • n go a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) "it's my go","a spell of work"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Yank going on leave A Yank going on leave
Ready to go Home Ready to go Home
WHERE ARE YOU GOING, MY PRETTY MAID WHERE ARE YOU GOING, MY PRETTY MAID
Cinq-mars and de Thou Going to Execution——215 Cinq-mars and de Thou Going to Execution——215
Going about thirty, are we Going about thirty, are we
"Why, there stands Pa, and he wants me to git up and go with him." "Why, there stands Pa, and he wants me to git up and go with him."
OVER SHE HAD TO GO SOMEHOW OVER SHE HAD TO GO SOMEHOW
THE PEOPLE GOING HOME IN THE EVENINGS—WATER-CARRIERS THE PEOPLE GOING HOME IN THE EVENINGS—WATER-CARRIERS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 44% of kids watch television before they go to sleep
    • Go A circumstance or occurrence; an incident. "This is a pretty go ."
    • Go A glass of spirits.
    • Go Act; working; operation. "So gracious were the goes of marriage."
    • p. p Go Gone.
    • Go Noisy merriment; as, a high go .
    • Go Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance; push; as, there is no go in him.
    • Go 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 ?”"
    • Go (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.
    • Go The fashion or mode; as, quite the go .
    • Go 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."
    • go to be on the same footing; to correspond (with) exactly; to be alike in all the circumstances to be considered.
    • Go 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.""The money] should go according to its true value."
    • Go 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."
    • Go To bet or wager; as, I'll go you a shilling.
    • Go To have recourse; to resort; as, to go to law.
    • Go 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."
    • Go To move upon the feet, or step by step; to walk; also, to walk step by step, or leisurely.
    • Go 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."
    • Go 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.
    • Go To proceed by a mental operation; to pass in mind or by an act of the memory or imagination; -- generally with over or through. "By going over all these particulars, you may receive some tolerable satisfaction about this great subject."
    • Go 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 ?""I think, as the world goes, he was a good sort of man enough.""Whether the cause goes for me or against me, you must pay me the reward."
    • Go 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 .""To master the foul flend there goeth some complement knowledge of theology."
    • Go To reach; to extend; to lead; as, a line goes across the street; his land goes to the river; this road goes to New York. "His amorous expressions go no further than virtue may allow."
    • Go 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."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People whose mouth has a narrow roof are more likely to snore. This is because they have less oxygen going through their nose
    • v.i Go to pass from one place to another: to be in motion: to proceed: to walk: to depart from: to lead in any direction: to extend: to tend: to be about to do: to pass in report: to pass, as in payment: to be accounted in value: to happen in a particular way: to turn out: to fare: to give way
    • pr.p Go gō′ing; pa.t. went; pa.p. gone (gon)
    • n Go affair, matter, as in 'a pretty go:' fashion, as in 'all the go:' energy, activity
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Quotations

  • John Steinbeck
    John%20Steinbeck
    “If you're in trouble, or hurt or need -- go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help -- the only ones.”
  • Oprah Winfrey
    Oprah%20Winfrey
    “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
  • Moliere
    Moliere
    “Books and marriage go ill together.”
  • Oliver Stone
    Oliver Stone
    “One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.”
  • Ted Turner
    Ted Turner
    “All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.”
  • G. Randolf
    G. Randolf
    “Pay as you go is the philosopher's stone.”

Idioms

All dressed up and nowhere to go - You're prepared for something that isn't going to happen.
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Easy come, easy go - This idiom means that money or other material gains that come without much effort tend to get spent or consumed as easily.
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From the get go - If you are familiar with something from the get go, you are familiar with it from the beginning
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From the get-go - (USA) If something happens from the get-go, it happens from the very beginning.
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From the word go - From the word go means from the very beginning of something.
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Get up and go - If someone has lots of get up and go, they have lots of enthusiasm and energy.
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Go against the grain - A person who does things in an unconventional manner, especially if their methods are not generally approved of, is said to go against the grain. Such an individual can be called a maverick.
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Go awry - If things go awry, they go wrong.
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Go bananas - If you go bananas, you are wild with excitement, anxiety, or worry.
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Go blue - If you go blue, you are very cold indeed. ('Turn blue' is an alternative form.)
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Go bust - If a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt.
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Go by the board - When something has gone by the board, it no longer exists or an opportunity has been lost.
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Go by the boards - If something goes by the boards, it fails to get approved or accepted.
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Go down a storm - To say that something has been enjoyable or successful, you can say that it has gone down a storm. Eg. Last night's party went down a storm, it was incredible.
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Go down like a cup of cold sick - (UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gan, gon, AS. gān, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. gēn, gān, SW. , Dan. gaae,; cf. Gr. kicha`nai to reach, overtake, Skr. , 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. √47a. Cf. Gang (v. i.) Wend

Usage

In literature:

I let go of my master's hand to go ahead quicker.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
He said some of the slaves would go in the woods and the masters would be afraid to go hunt them out without dogs.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Go home and go to bed.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It's going straight away to death to go there.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
I'll go this way and you go that, and we shall see who will be there soonest.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
I'm going to bed, and mind you go yourself.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
If you go, I'll go too, and I'll shame you.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Go away, my dear; go away.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
If we're going we must go.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
His uncle took hold of his hand, but he did not go through the process of shaking it, nor did he at once let it go again.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
She saw the preparations for her tea going on within the window, but ere going indoors, she took out and re-read two letters.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
I shall go back to my regiment next month, unless we may make up our minds to go out to India.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Course you're going to go there.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
That's one reason why I was so glad when I thought we were going to have to go East to live.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Go to sleep, go to sleep.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I'll go and find out what's going on.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
I am going to show you something, and I'm going to reveal a plot to you.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
To go out of one, is to go into the other.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
As to going, where am I to go to?
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Go, call your madre Maria now, and I will go home to rest.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
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In poetry:

"My Lord," said MICAH, "no!
I never, never go!
What! Go and see a play?
My goodness gracious, nay!"
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But I know them: I weary not;
But all that they mean I know.
I would go back again home
Now. Yet how should I go?
"Home 1" by Edward Thomas
Go in, go in! Oh, haste from the sea,
And let them rest--
A son and one who was wed and one
Who went down unblest.
"A Sea-Ghost" by Cale Young Rice
"Mother, keep baby—keep him so;
Don't let him go away."
"But, darling, if his mother go,
Poor baby cannot stay."
"A Dream of Waking" by George MacDonald
Are the outside winds too rough?
Is the world not wide enough?
Go, my winged verse, and try,--
Go, like Uncle Toby's fly!
"Opening The Window" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh well-a go baby, go baby, go baby go
Baby go, baby go, baby, go baby go
Baby go, baby go, baby
Won't you come out tonight
"Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight" by Buddy Holly

In news:

I have so many wonderful memories of going to the Woodlands Mall with my family to go shopping when I was younger.
We go out, go down to New York and try to get a win there.
I think no women should be going on hormone replacement therapy indefinitely after they go through menopause .
Musical Merry-Go-Round Go to show page.
'Go Wild, Go Birding' is theme of International Migratory Bird Day.
The Go-Gos: The Go-Gos are giving a FREE concert - and you know you want to go-go.
I go into this review knowing that no matter what I say, fans of author Stephanie Meyer's series are going to see "New Moon" and for the most part they will probably love it.
He's going backwards, and kicks his legs up really high to get going faster than a lot of people can run.
I'm not even going to bother going into last night's battle between Payton and Mora.
J ust as Rahm Emanuel didn't want to let a good crisis go to waste, the national press doesn't want to let a good victim go to waste.
For birthdays of note, my wife and I have a tradition of going where the other one wants to go to make it particularly special for the honoree.
"We're going to pursue them and we're going to pursue them aggressively," Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry Donley said of the NSF, to the Alexandria Times.
Charity Townsend Caldwell wasn't even going to go to her own graduation that day, but a friend talked her into it at the last minute.
Go easy on the oat bran or it may go hard on you, doctors advise.
Going through a breakup is hard enough, but now it's going to cost you some friends.
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In science:

This gives the number of walks for one particle to go from η to λ while staying in this region, or for n particles to go from ηi to λi while staying in the interval (0, m) and not colliding.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
If it shows up Heads then step to the right and go to the lattice site x = 1; if toss is Tails, then step to the left and go to the lattice site x = −1.
Monte Carlo: Basics
We are not going to do that, we are going to proceed with our analisis.
Extra Generations, Discrepancies of Electroweak Precision Data and Mass of the Higgs
For example, the inward-going and outward-going radial geodesics of the Finsler-Poincar´e plane in have different arclengths.
Generalized Sprays and Nonlinear Connections
In p1 start at x1, and go left; find the first rise from altitude i − 1 to altitude i, then go left and mark the first rise from i − 2 to i − 1, etc.
Path counting and random matrix theory
The inset of Fig. 2 shows that for the studied systems δ ≃ go, and thus our data for δ(go ) should lie along the dotted line of slope 1 in the main plot.
Effects of localization and amplification on distribution of intensity transmitted through random media
Our data for 1/g ′ lies above the dotted and dashed lines, revealing the tendency of g ′ to decrease below go, δ, and g in the regime go ∼ 1.
Effects of localization and amplification on distribution of intensity transmitted through random media
The deviations of our data points from the solid line increase with the decrease of go, because the contributions of the higher order terms in 1/go cannot be neglected.
Effects of localization and amplification on distribution of intensity transmitted through random media
We can now let ǫ going to zero, and then δ going to zero, and then n going to infinity, to conclude (since S is a good rate function).
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
If this step fails go back to step (2). (4) Choose a prime in this factorization uniformly at random (say) P, treating the ei copies of Pi as distinct. (5) If NL/QP lies outside the interval I then go to step (2).
Complex Multiplication Tests for Elliptic Curves
I won’t go into the proof, but clearly it’s going to have to involve the completeness of the real numbers in an essential way.
General self-similarity: an overview
The chirality-related criteria of folding should also be of value when considering models that go beyond the Go approximation.
Chirality and Protein Folding
This movie move is reversible, so we consider the going right and going left cases.
Categorical Groups, Knots and Knotted Surfaces
This is a reversible movie, so we need to treat the Going Right and Going Left cases separately.
Categorical Groups, Knots and Knotted Surfaces
Let now the number n = 2k of particles go to infinity, and let the points a and −a go to ±∞.
PDE's for the Gaussian ensemble with external source and the Pearcey distribution
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