There are 2 main definitions of go ahead in English:

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go ahead 1

Proceed or be carried out without hesitation: the project will go ahead
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  • He can't see the project going ahead without more investment in existing companies.
  • If it goes ahead, the project would be the first of its type in Britain.
  • The church warden was able to carry out a quick repair job and the service went ahead as planned.
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There are 2 main definitions of go ahead in English:

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go-ahead 2

Pronunciation: /ˈɡō əˌhed/


(usually the go-ahead)
Permission to proceed: the government had given the go-ahead for the power station
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  • Kildare County council has given the go-ahead for planning permission to relocate the State laboratories from Abbotstown to Backweston.
  • Today we got the final go-aheads and completed procedural formalities for our documentary on the Armenian Church.
  • Oldham subsequently got the go-ahead from Jefferson to proceed with the building of Pavilion I.
permission, consent, leave, license, dispensation, warrant, clearance;
authorization, assent, agreement, approval, endorsement, sanction, blessing, nod
informal thumbs up, OK, green light


1Enthusiastic about new projects; enterprising: a young and go-ahead managing director
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  • I think it's a hard-working school with go-ahead ideas and it is fun to be part of it.
  • It must have wounded this ambitious, go-ahead politician obviously determined to make his mark on the world with his innovative ideas.
  • A go-ahead Bradford business pioneering a radical new energy drink is being backed by a West Yorkshire business initiative.
enterprising, resourceful, innovative, ingenious, original, creative;
progressive, pioneering, modern, forward-looking, enlightened;
enthusiastic, ambitious, entrepreneurial, high-powered;
bold, daring, audacious, adventurous, dynamic
informal go-getting
2 [attributive] North American Denoting the run, score, etc., that gives a team the lead in a game.
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  • That becomes huge when Simon hits a double-play grounder to Boone that at least would have scored the go-ahead run if Easley had started on third.
  • Bichette ran 30 yards at full speed, bobbled the ball and dropped it, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
  • It bounced off the wall chest-high, and Craig Biggio was able to score the go-ahead run from second base.

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Syllabification: go-a·head

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