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
    literary betake oneself
  • 2 the road goes to London
    extend, continue, carry on, stretch, reach; lead
  • 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; decamp, retreat, beat a retreat, retire, make off, clear out, make oneself scarce, slope off, run off, run away, flee; Britishmake a move
    informal make tracks, shove off, push off, clear off, beat it, take off, skedaddle, scram, split, scoot, up sticks, pack one's bags
    British informal sling one's hook
    North American informal vamoose, 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; fly by/past
  • 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
    rare evanish
    [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
    informal get 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 informal be 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 informal snuff 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
    literary wax
  • 13 everything went well
    turn out, work out, fare, progress, develop, come out; result, end, end up
    informal pan out
    rare eventuate
  • 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 sense 4 of the verb
  • 2 the campaign got going in 1983
    start, begin, get under way, go ahead
    informal kick off
    formal commence
  • get someone going

    his letter to the editor really got me goingstir uprousearouseexcitegalvanizeelectrifystimulateinspiremovefire upfire the enthusiasm offire the imagination ofwhip upinflameagitategoadprovokespur onurgeencourageanimateincite

    get something going

    we got the car going again after much tryingoperateswitch onturn onstartstart offstart upset goingtrigger offtriggertripset in motionactivateactuateinitiateinitializeenergizeanimate

    go about

    Ruth went about her tasks enthusiasticallyset aboutbeginembark onmake a start onstartaddress oneself toget down toget to work onget going onundertakeapproachtackleattack informalget cracking on/with formalcommence

    go along with

    he seemed happy enough to go along with your plansagree to/withfall in withcomply withconcur withcooperate withacquiesce inassent tofollowsubmit tobow toyield todefer to

    go away

    just go away and leave me in peace
    [Antonyms] return
    leavegodepartget goingget outbe off with youshoo informalscrambe on your wayrun alongbeat itskedaddlesplitvamoosescatget lostpush offbuzz offshove offclear offgo (and) jump in the lakeBritish informalhop itbog offnaff offon your bikeget alongsling your hookNorth American informalbug offlight outhaul offhaul asstake a powderhit the trailtake a hikeAustralian informalnick offAustralian/New Zealand informalrack offSouth African informalvoetsakhamba vulgar slangbugger offpiss offfuck offBritish vulgar slangsod off literarybegoneavaunt

    go back on

    she went back on her promise
    [Antonyms] keep honour
    renege onbreakfail to honourdefault onbacktrack onback out ofrepudiateretractgo back on one's wordbreak one's wordbreak one's promisedo an about-face informalcop out (of)rat on

    go by

    we have to go by the referee's decision
    [Antonyms] flout
    obeyabide bycomply withobservekeep toconform tofollowbe guided byheedtake as a guidedefer torespect

    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 audiencebe successfulbe a successachieve successtriumphmake an impressionhave an impactget an enthusiastic reception informalbe a hitbe a winnerbe a sell-outgo down a stormscore

    go down with

    British she's gone down with flufall ill withgetdevelopcontractpick upsuccumb tofall victim tobe struck down withbecome infected with informaltake ill withNorth American informaltake sick with

    go far

    you're a smart girl—you'll go farbe successfulsucceedbe a successdo well (for oneself)do all right for oneselfmake progressachieve a great dealget onget somewhereget on in the worldget aheadadvance oneselfmake goodset the world on fire informalmake a name for oneselfmake itmake one's markfind 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
    informal lay into, rough up, let someone have it, beat the living daylights out of
    British informal have a go at, duff up
    North American informal beat 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 thingtake part inparticipate inbe a participant inengage inget involved injoin inenter intooccupy oneself withplay a part inbe a party toundertakepractisepursuetake upespouseadoptembrace

    go into

    you'll need to go into the subject in greater detailinvestigateexamineenquire intolook intoresearchstudyprobeexploredelve intotry to get to the bottom ofdiscussconsiderreviewanalyseweigh up

    go off

  • 1 the bomb went off at 9.20
    explode, detonate, blow up, burst, erupt
    informal go 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; endure, persist, stay, remain; take
  • 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 informal witter, rabbit, natter, waffle, chunter
    North American informal run off at the mouth
  • 3 I'm not sure what went on that night
    happen, take place, occur, transpire
    North American informal go down
    literary come to pass, betide, chance
    rare eventuate, hap
  • 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
    informal date, go steady with, go with
    Australian informal track square with
    British informal , dated walk out with
    North American informal , dated step out with
    dated court, woo
  • go over

  • 1 I need to go over the figures
    examine, study, scrutinize, inspect, read over, look at/over, scan, run over, check; analyse, consider, appraise, weigh up, review
    informal give 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; check
    informal frisk, inspect
    Australian/New Zealand informal fossick 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 monthsgo bankruptcease tradinggo into receivershipgo into liquidationbecome insolventbe liquidatedbe wound upbe closed (down)be shut (down)fail informalgo brokego to the wallgo belly upfoldflatline

    go without

  • 1 I decided to go without breakfast
    abstain from, forgo, refrain from, do without, deny oneself; 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
    attempt, try, effort, bid, endeavour
    informal shot, stab, crack, bash, whirl, whack
    formal essay
    archaic assay
  • Phrases

    have a go at

    British informal
    his dad had had a real go at himattackcensurecriticizedenouncecondemnarraignfind fault withlambastepillorydisapprove ofcarp atcavil atrail againstinveigh againstcast aspersions onpour scorn ondisparagedenigratedeprecatemalignvilifybesmirchrun downgive a bad press toNorth Americanslur informalknockpanslamhammerblastbad-mouthnitpick aboutthrow brickbats atgive flak tolay intolace intopull to piecespull apartpick holes inhit out atmaulsavageroastskewercrucifyBritish informalslag offgive some stick toslatemonsterrubbishNorth American informalpummelcut uptrashAustralian/New Zealand informalbag datedrate archaicslashvituperate againstreprobate rareanimadvert onobjurgateexcoriateaspersederogatereprehend

    on the go

    she hardly has time to watch TV because she's always on the gobusyoccupiedemployedhard at workwrapped uprushed off one's feet (with)hard-pressedat work (on)on the jobabsorbed inengrossed inimmersed inpreoccupied withactivelivelyindustriousbustlingenergetictireless informalbusy as a beehard at itBritish informalon the hop

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