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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
day through himself #117: go how long am

Mainly representing Old English gān, from Proto-Germanic *gē, from Proto-Indo-European *g̑ʰē- (to release). Cognate with Old High German gen. Past tense forms, however, have since the 15th century been replaced by forms from Old English wendan.

to go

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to go (third-person singular simple present goes, present participle going, simple past went, past participle gone)

  1. (intransitive) To move from one place to another. syn. ant. transl.
    Why don’t you go with us?
    This train goes to Chicago.
  2. (intransitive) To leave; to move away. syn. ant.
    Please don't go!
    I really must be going.
  3. (intransitive) To be given, especially to be assigned or allotted.
    The property shall go to my wife.
    The award went to Steven Spielberg.
  4. (intransitive) To extend (from one point to another).
    This property goes all the way to the state line.
  5. (intransitive) To lead (in a direction).
    Does this road go to Fort Smith?
  6. (intransitive) To elapse.
    The time went slowly.
  7. (intransitive) To start.
    Get ready, get set, go!
  8. (intransitive) To resort (to).
    I'll go to court if I have to.
  9. (intransitive) To change from one value to another.
    The price keeps going up.
  10. (intransitive) To end or disappear. syn. transl.
    After three days, my headache finally went.
  11. (intransitive) To be spent or used up.
    His money went on drink.
  12. (intransitive) To be discarded.
    This chair has got to go.
  13. (intransitive) To be sold.
    Everything must go.
    The car went for five thousand dollars.
  14. (intransitive) To die.
    • 1997, John Wheatcroft, The Education of Malcolm Palmer[1], ISBN 0845348639, page 85:  
      "Your father's gone." "Okay, okay, the Gaffer's kicked off. What happened?"
  15. (intransitive) To collapse. syn. transl.
  16. (intransitive) To break down or decay.
    This meat is starting to go.
    My mind is going.
  17. (intransitive) To proceed (well or poorly).
    That went well.
    How are things going?
  18. (intransitive) To work (through or over), especially mentally.
    I've gone over this a hundred times.
    Let's not go into that right now.
  19. (intransitive) To search.
    Somebody went through my things while I was out.
  20. (intransitive) To tend or contribute toward a result.
    Well, that goes to show you.
    These experiences go to make us stronger.
  21. (intransitive, often followed by a preposition) To fit. transl.
    Do you think the sofa will go through the door?
    The belt just barely went around his waist.
  22. (intransitive) To be compatible, especially visually.
    This shade of red doesn't go with the drapes.
    They go together nicely, don't you think?
  23. (intransitive) To belong (somewhere). syn. transl.
    My shirts go on this side of the wardrobe.
    This piece of the jigsaw goes on the other side.
  24. To be expressed or composed (a certain way).
    The tune goes like this.
  25. (gaming, intransitive) To take a turn, especially in a game. syn. transl.
    It’s your turn; go.
  26. (intransitive) To attend.
    I go to school at the schoolhouse.
  27. (intransitive) To take up a profession.
    Gone for soldiers, every one.
    She's gone to be a teacher.
  28. (intransitive) To be in a state continuously.
    I don't want my children to go hungry.
    We went barefoot in the summer.
  29. (intransitive) To survive or get by.
    How long can you go without water?
    We've gone without your help for a while now.
  30. (intransitive) To move or travel in order to do something, or to do something while moving.
    We went swimming.
    Let's go shopping.
  31. (intransitive) To make an effort.
    You didn't have to go to such trouble.
    I never thought he'd go so far as to call you.
  32. (intransitive) To date. syn. transl.
    How long having they been going together?
    He's been going with her for two weeks.
  33. (intransitive) To fight or attack.
    I went at him with a knife.
    • 2002, Jayne Cobb, "Objects in Space", Firefly episode:
      You wanna go, little man?
  34. (intransitive) To be pregnant (with).
    She goes with child.
  35. (intransitive, of a machine) To work or function. syn. transl.
    The engine just won't go anymore.
  36. (intransitive) To have authority.
    Whatever the boss says goes, do you understand?
  37. (intransitive) To be valid or accepted.
    Anything goes around here.
    • 1503, “19 Henry VII. c. 5: Coin”, in A Collection of Statutes Connected with the General Administration of the Law[3], published 1836, page 158:  
      [] every of them, being gold, whole and weight, shall go and be current in payment throughout this his realm for the sum that they were coined for.
  38. (intransitive) To be told; to circulate.
    There's a story going through the town about you.
  39. (intransitive) To be known or considered.
    That goes as murder in my book.
    He went by name of Sanders.
  40. (intransitive) To sound; to make a noise.
    I woke up just before the clock went.
  41. (intransitive, colloquial) To urinate or defecate. syn. transl.
    I really need to go.
    Have you managed to go today, Mrs. Miggins?
  42. (intransitive, colloquial, usually with "and") To do, especially to do something foolish.
    Why'd you have to go and do that?
  43. (intransitive, archaic) To walk.
    • 1684, John Bunyan, “Battle with Giant Slay-good”, in The Pilgrim's Progress, Part II Section 3:  
      Other brunts I also look for; but this I have resolved on, to wit, to run when I can, to go when I cannot run, and to creep when I cannot go.
  44. (intransitive, cricket, of a wicket) To be lost.
  45. (intransitive, cricket, of a batsman) To be out.
  46. (copula) To become. The adjective that follows usually describes a negative state. syn. transl.
    You'll go blind.
    I went crazy.
    After failing as a criminal, he decided to go straight.
  47. (transitive) To move for a particular distance or in a particular fashion.
    We've only gone twenty miles today.
    This car can go circles around that one.
  48. (transitive) To take a particular part or share.
    Let's go halves on this.
  49. (transitive) To bet or venture (an amount).
    I'll go a ten-spot.
  50. (transitive) To yield or weigh.
    Those babies go five tons apiece.
    • 1910, Ray Stannard Baker, Adventures in Friendship[4], page 182:  
      This'll go three tons to the acre, or I'll eat my shirt.
  51. (transitive) To follow (a course or path).
    Let's go this way for a while.
    • 1951?, Gunther Olesch et al., Siddhartha, translation of original by Hermann Hesse:  
      I'm repeating it: I wish that you would go this path up to its end, that you shall find salvation!
  52. (transitive) To offer or bid an amount.
    That's as high as I can go.
    We could go two fifty.
  53. (transitive) To make (a specified sound). transl.
    Cats go meow.
  54. (transitive, colloquial) To enjoy.
    I could go a beer right about now.
  55. (transitive, sports) To have a certain record.
    They've gone one for three in this series.
    The team is going five in a row.
  56. (transitive, slang) To say (something). Often used in present tense. transl.
    I go, "As if!" And she was all like, "Whatever!"
  57. (transitive, slang) To think or say to oneself.
    As soon as I did it, I went "that was stupid."
  58. (transitive, Australian slang) To attack.
    • 1964, Robert Close, Love Me Sailor[5], page 131:  
      As big as me. Strong, too. I was itching to go him, And he had clouted Ernie.

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