Go Phrasal Verbs
- Despite the threat of terrorism, most people are going about their business as usual.
2. to start dealing with something:
- I want to fix the problem, but I just don't know how to go about it.
Go afterto follow or chase someone or something to try to catch them:
- Police went after them.
Go against1. If a decision or vote goes against you, they do not produce the result you want:
- The verdict went against him.
2. to oppose someone or something: to disagree with someone's wishes, beliefs, or expectations:
- She cannot go against her father's wishes.
Go ahead1. to begin to do something, especially after receiving permission to do it:
- He told me to go ahead.
2. to happen or be carried out:
- The party is going ahead as planned.
Go along1. to continue doing a job or activity:
- He explained the rule as he went along.
2. to happen or develop:
- Everything is going along fairly well.
Go along withto agree with someone's idea:
- I don't go along with your plan.
Go at1. attack someone:
- Two boys went at each other viciously.
2. to make a lot of effort to do something:
- The young man went at the job with great enthusiasm.
Go away1. to leave a place:
- Go away now and leave me alone.
2. to leave your home to spend a period of time somewhere:
- I am going away on holiday.
3. to disappear, or to stop existing:
- The smell went away completely.
Go back1. to return to a place that you have been to before:
- We want to go back to Berlin.
2. to be made or started at a particular time in the past:
- Our friendship goes back to the 1950s.
Go back onto not do what you promised:
- I have never gone back on my promise.
Go beyondto do or be more than something:
- The final cost should not go beyond $3,000.
- He went beyond all our expectations.
Go by1. When time goes by, it passes:
- Last week went by quickly.
2. to accept and act according to a set of rules:
- You'll have to go by the rules.
Go down1. to become lower in level, amount or value:
- The temperature went down after dark.
- House prices are going down.
2. to fall to the ground:
- The plane went down in flames.
3. (of a ship) to sink:
- The cargo ship went down.
4. (of sun/moon) to move down in the sky and disappear below the horizon:
- We sat and watched the sun go down.
5. to be defeated in a match or contest:
- They went down to Germany 3-1.
6. (of food/drink) to be swallowed:
- The cough syrup went down easily.
7. to be remembered or recorded in something:
- The project will go down in history.
8. (of a computer) to stop working for a short time:
- The network is going down in a few minutes.
Go down withto get an infectious disease:
- He has gone down with the flu.
Go for1. informal. to choose a particular thing:
- I always go for fried potatoes.
2. to try to get or achieve something:
- She is going for the gold medal in the 100 meters.
3. to attack someone:
- She cried out as the man went for her.
4. informal. to like or be attracted by someone or something:
- I really go for gangster films.
- She tends to go for tall men.
5. to be sold for a particular price:
The house went for $350,000.
Go in forto enjoy or be interested in an activity:
- They go in for sports.
Go into1. to start a career in something:
- He is planning to go into the Army.
2. to discuss or examine, or explain something fully:
- I don't want to go into detail here.
3. (of a vehicle) to hit:
- The car had gone into the wall.
Go off1. to explode, to fire:
- The bomb went off today, injuring several people.
- His gun suddenly went off.
2. (of an alarm) to start to make a sudden loud noise:
- The car alarm went off again.
3. British English. If food or drink goes off, it is too bad to eat or drink because it is no longer fresh:
- Don't eat that! It's gone off.
4. (of a light, the electricity) to stop working:
- Suddenly all the lights went off.
5. to happen in a particular way:
- The party went off smoothly.
Go on1. to happen:
- I don't know what's going on here.
2. to continue:
- I can't go on living like this anymore.
3. to continue talking after a pause:
- Go on, it is interesting to hear your stories.
4.If a light, the electricity, etc. goes on, it starts working:
- The lights go on automatically at night.
5. used to persuade or encourage someone to do something:
- Go on, it's really good.
Go out1. to leave your home to do something enjoyable:
- I am going out for a meal.
2. to have a regular romantic relationship with someone:
- They have been going out for two weeks.
3. to stop shining or burning:
- The fire went out again.
Go overto examine something carefully:
- He was going over the report.
Go round/go around1. to spin
- The CD is going round.
2. to be enough for everyone in a group of people:
- There is not enough food to go around.
3. to visit someone at their house:
- I am just going round to my brother's.
4. to behave or dress in a particular way:
- You can't go around treating people like that.
- Why does she always go around with bare feet?
Go through1. If a law, proposal, etc. go through, it is officially approved:
- The contract failed to go through.
2. to search or examine something carefully:
- She went through all the drawers, looking for the letters.
3. to experience something unpleasant or difficult:
- He's going through a bad divorce.
4. to use all of a supply of something:
- She went through all her money in three weeks.
Go under1. to sink below the surface of water:
- The crew abandoned ship and she went under.
2. informal. If a business goes under, it fails completely:
- During the last three months, most of the companies here went under.
Go up1. to be built
- Several new buildings are now going up.
2. to become higher or greater:
- The price of gas went up.
- Salaries will continue to go up.
3. to explode or start to burn suddenly:
- Everything went up in flames.
Go with1. to accept someone's plan or offer:
- We decided to go with his proposal.
2. to look attractive together:
- Does this shirt go with these shorts?
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