Definition of going in English:


Syllabification: go·ing
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: when the going gets tough, the tough get 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.


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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.

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