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Synonyms of go in English:


  • 1 she went forwards, step by step he's gone into town
    move, proceed, make one's way, advance, progress, pass, walk, wend one's way;
    travel, journey;
    repair, remove, retire
    literarybetake oneself
  • 2 the road goes to London
    extend, continue, carry on, stretch, reach;
  • 3 the money raised will go to charity
    be given, be donated, be assigned, be allotted, be granted, be presented, be awarded;
    be applied, be devoted;
    be handed (over), be turned over, be made over, be ceded
  • 4 it's time to go
    leave, depart, take one's leave, take oneself off, go away, go off, withdraw, absent oneself, say one's goodbyes, quit, make an exit, exit;
    set off, set out, start out, get going, get under way, be on one's way;
    British make a move
    informalmake tracks, shove off, push off, clear off, beat it, take off, skedaddle, scram, split, scoot, up sticks, pack one's bags
    British informalsling one's hook
    North American informalvamoose, hightail it, cut out
    [Antonyms] arrive, come
  • 5 three years went past
    pass, pass by, elapse, slip by/past, roll by/past, tick away;
    wear on, march on;
  • 6 a golden age that has now gone for good
    come to an end, cease to exist, disappear, vanish, be no more, be over, run its course, fade away, melt away, evaporate;
    blow over;
    finish, end, stop, cease, terminate
    [Antonyms] return
  • 7 25 of their 80 staff have gone
    be dismissed, be given (one's) notice, be made redundant, be laid off, be let go
    informalget the sack, be sacked, be fired, be given the boot, be given the push, get one's marching orders, be booted out, be axed, get the axe/chop
    British informalbe given one's cards
  • 8 her purse had gone
    be stolen, be taken;
    go missing, disappear, be lost, be mislaid
  • 9 after a few weeks, all our money had gone
    be used up, be spent, be finished, be at an end, be exhausted, be consumed, be drained, be depleted
  • 10 I'd like to see my grandchildren before I go
    die, pass away, pass on, expire, depart this life, be no more, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, meet one's Maker, give up the ghost, go to the great beyond, cross the great divide, shuffle off this mortal coil, perish, go the way of the/all flesh, go to one's last resting place
    British informalsnuff it, peg out, pop one's clogs
  • 11 there was no warning at all before the bridge went
    collapse, give way, fall down, cave in, fall in, crumble, disintegrate, break, fall to pieces
  • 12 his hair had gone grey
    become, get, turn, grow, come to be
  • 13 everything went well
    turn out, work out, fare, progress, develop, come out;
    informalpan out
  • 14 the carpet and curtains don't really go
    match, go together, be harmonious, harmonize, blend, suit each other, be suited, complement each other, be complementary, coordinate with each other, be compatible
  • 15 my car won't go
    function, work, be in working order, run, operate, be operative, perform
  • 16 where does the cutlery go?
    be kept, belong, have a place, be found, be located;
    be situated, lie, stand
  • 17 this all goes to prove my point
    contribute, help, serve;
    incline, tend
  • Phrases

    get going

  • 1 it's been wonderful seeing you again, but I think it's time we got going See go (sense 4 of the verb)
  • 2 the campaign got going in 1983
    start, begin, get under way, go ahead
    informalkick off
  • get someone going

    his letter to the editor really got me going
    stir up, rouse, arouse, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, move, fire up, fire the enthusiasm of, fire the imagination of, whip up, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke, spur on, urge, encourage, animate, incite

    get something going

    we got the car going again after much trying
    operate, switch on, turn on, start, start off, start up, set going, trigger off, trigger, trip, set in motion, activate, actuate, initiate, initialize, energize, animate

    go about

    Ruth went about her tasks enthusiastically
    set about, begin, embark on, make a start on, start, address oneself to, get down to, get to work on, get going on, undertake;
    approach, tackle, attack
    informalget cracking on/with

    go along with

    he seemed happy enough to go along with your plans

    go away

    just go away and leave me in peace
    [Antonyms] return
    leave, go, depart, get going, get out, be off with you, shoo
    informalscram, be on your way, run along, beat it, skedaddle, split, vamoose, scat, get lost, push off, buzz off, shove off, clear off, go (and) jump in the lake
    British informalhop it, bog off, naff off, on your bike, get along, sling your hook
    Australian informalnick off
    Australian/New Zealand informalrack off
    South African informalvoetsak, hamba
    vulgar slangbugger off, piss off, fuck off
    British vulgar slangsod off
    literarybegone, avaunt

    go back on

    she went back on her promise
    [Antonyms] keep, honour
    renege on, break, fail to honour, default on, backtrack on, back out of, repudiate, retract;
    go back on one's word, break one's word, break one's promise, do an about-face

    go by

    we have to go by the referee's decision
    [Antonyms] flout
    obey, abide by, comply with, observe, keep to, conform to, follow, be guided by, heed, take as a guide;

    go down

  • 1 the ship went down in a storm
    sink, be submerged, founder, go under
  • 2 interest rates are going down
    decrease, get lower, fall, drop, be reduced, decline;
    plummet, plunge, slump
    [Antonyms] rise
  • 3 informal they went down 2–1 in the first leg
    lose, be beaten, be defeated, suffer defeat, be vanquished, collapse, come to grief
    [Antonyms] win
  • 4 his name will go down in history
    be remembered, be recorded, be commemorated, be immortalized
  • go down well

    the production went down well with the audience
    be successful, be a success, achieve success, triumph, make an impression, have an impact, get an enthusiastic reception
    informalbe a hit, be a winner, be a sell-out, go down a storm, score

    go down with

    British she's gone down with flu
    fall ill with, get, develop, contract, pick up, succumb to, fall victim to, be struck down with, become infected with
    informaltake ill with
    North American informaltake sick with

    go far

    you're a smart girl—you'll go far
    be successful, succeed, be a success, do well (for oneself), do all right for oneself, make progress, achieve a great deal, get on, get somewhere, get on in the world, get ahead, advance oneself, make good, set the world on fire
    informalmake a name for oneself, make it, make one's mark, find a place in the sun

    go for

  • 1 I went for the grilled tuna
    [Antonyms] reject
  • 2 he lost his temper and went for her
    attack, assault, hit, strike, give someone a beating, beat up, assail, launch oneself at, set upon, spring at/on, rush at, let fly at, tear into, lash out at
    informallay into, rough up, let someone have it, beat the living daylights out of
    British informalhave a go at, duff up
    North American informalbeat up on, light into
  • 3 Philip's seeing Sarah—he goes for older women
    be attracted to, find attractive, like, fancy;
    prefer, favour, choose, be drawn to, gravitate towards
    [Antonyms] dislike
  • go in for

    we don't normally go in for this sort of thing
    take part in, participate in, be a participant in, engage in, get involved in, join in, enter into, occupy oneself with, play a part in, be a party to, undertake;
    practise, pursue;
    take up, espouse, adopt, embrace

    go into

    you'll need to go into the subject in greater detail

    go off

  • 1 the bomb went off at 9.20
    informalgo bang
  • 2British the milk's gone off
    go bad, go stale, go sour, turn, spoil, go rancid;
    decompose, go mouldy, be rotten;
    be past its sell-by date
  • go on

  • 1 the lecture went on for three hours
    last, continue, carry on, run on, proceed;
  • 2 she went on about how much she loved the sea
    talk at length, ramble, rattle on, talk on and on, carry on talking, chatter, prattle, prate, gabble, maunder, blether, blather, twitter
    British informalwitter, rabbit, natter, waffle, chunter
    North American informalrun off at the mouth
  • 3 I'm not sure what went on that night
    North American informalgo down
    literarycome to pass, betide, chance
  • go out

  • 1 the lights went out the fire had gone out
    be turned off, be extinguished;
    stop burning, die out, be doused, be quenched
  • 2 he's been going out with her for about two months
    see, take out, be someone's boyfriend/girlfriend, be romantically involved with, go around with, keep company
    informaldate, go steady with, go with
    Australian informaltrack square with
    British informal, , datedwalk out with
    North American informal, , datedstep out with
    datedcourt, woo
  • go over

  • 1 I need to go over the figures
    informalgive something the once-over
  • 2 we spent the time going over our lines
    rehearse, practise, read/run through
  • go round

  • 1 the wheels were still going round
  • 2 there's a nasty rumour going round
    be spread, be passed round, be circulated, be put about, be in circulation, circulate, pass round, be disseminated, be broadcast
  • go through

  • 1 no one can imagine what she and the children have gone through
  • 2 he went through hundreds of pounds of his mother's money
  • 3 he went through Susie's bag
    search, look through, hunt through, rummage in/through, rifle through, dig into, ferret (about/around) in, root about/around in, turn inside out;
    informalfrisk, inspect
    Australian/New Zealand informalfossick through
  • 4 it took me three hours to go through the report
  • 5 the deal has finally gone through
    be completed, be concluded, be brought to a conclusion, be carried through, be brought off, be pulled off;
    be approved, be signed, be rubber-stamped
  • go under

    over 1,000 businesses went under in the last three months
    go bankrupt, cease trading, go into receivership, go into liquidation, become insolvent, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed (down), be shut (down);
    informalgo broke, go to the wall, go belly up, fold, flatline

    go without

  • 1 I decided to go without breakfast
    give up, cut out, swear off
  • 2 she tried to make sure the children did not go without
    lack for something, go short, go hungry, be in need, be deprived, be in want, suffer deprivation
  • noun

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  • 1 his second go
    informalshot, stab, crack, bash, whirl, whack
  • 2 he still has plenty of go in him
  • Phrases

    have a go at

    British informal
    his dad had had a real go at him
    attack, censure, criticize, denounce, condemn, arraign, find fault with, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to;
    North American slur
    informalknock, pan, slam, hammer, blast, bad-mouth, nitpick about, throw brickbats at, give flak to, lay into, lace into, pull to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, hit out at, maul, savage, roast, skewer, crucify
    British informalslag off, give some stick to, slate, monster, rubbish
    North American informalpummel, cut up, trash
    Australian/New Zealand informalbag
    archaicslash, vituperate against, reprobate
    rareanimadvert on, objurgate, excoriate, asperse, derogate, reprehend

    on the go

    she hardly has time to watch TV because she's always on the go
    busy, occupied, employed, hard at work, wrapped up;
    rushed off one's feet (with), hard-pressed;
    at work (on), on the job, absorbed in, engrossed in, immersed in, preoccupied with;
    active, lively, industrious, bustling, energetic, tireless
    informalbusy as a bee, hard at it
    British informalon the hop

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