Definition of going in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡōiNG/


1An act or instance of leaving a place; a departure: his going left an enormous gap in each of their lives
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  • Local councils are apparently not above hiring private detectives to keep tabs on the coming and goings of certain gentleman's clubs.
  • Meanwhile, there were no major comings or goings at Ewood yesterday ahead of last night's transfer deadline.
  • Keeping track of the goings and comings of companies in the industry, as you know, is an impossible task.
2 [in singular] The condition of the ground viewed in terms of suitability for walking, riding, or other travel (used especially in the context of horse racing): the going was ideal here, with short turf and a level surface
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  • The rain over the past couple of days meant the going was heavy with the conditions testing the stamina of the horses.
  • If the going is genuinely good or faster at Aintree I think Monty's Pass must have a great chance.
  • A huge crowd was at Prestbury Park where the going was good but the rain dampened spirits a little.
2.1Progress affected by travelling conditions: the paths were covered with drifting snow and the going was difficult
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  • Ditches and tree roots always make the going difficult in the woodland sections at this venue.
2.2Conditions for, or progress in, an endeavor: an opportunity to get out while the going is good she is a big support when the going gets tough the search goes on, but it is slow going
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  • It may be prudent to ensure that real property is carefully titled while the going is good.
  • They think the market is probably going to crash and they'd like to cash in while the going is good.
  • Chris Henderson's squad of undercover narcotics officers was finding the going tough.


1 [predicative] chiefly British Existing or available; to be had: he asked if there were any other jobs going
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  • If there was a spare ride going they would try to get the best available and, if not, get Dean.
  • Another advantage going for huss is that, compared to many other fish, they grow sizeable.
  • I had looked over the weeks to see what sort of prices things were going for and I thought my bid was about right.
2 [attributive] (Especially of a price) generally accepted as fair or correct; current: people willing to work for the going rate
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  • The fact it is priced at less than half the going rate for a CD single makes it both sublime and ridiculous.
  • The standard response is that we must pay the going rate to get the right people.
  • All employees work a minimum of 15 hours per week and are paid the going rate for the job.


when the going gets tough, the tough get going

proverb When conditions become difficult people with a strong character become more determined.
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  • It was then a case of when the going gets tough, the tough get going as Crawford clashed with the former West of Ireland champion and current senior international.
  • As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going and the entire group was off the trail at Shramore eight hours after starting out.
  • But when the going gets tough, the tough get going and in the final ten minutes they rapped over three points to earn victory.

Words that rhyme with going

easygoing, flowing, knowing, mowing, outgoing, showing, sowing, thoroughgoing, toing and froing

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Syllabification: go·ing

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