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Usage statistics for the noun go:

conversational speech71.49%task-oriented speech28.51%
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Go is sometimes a misspelling of ago, do, get, goes, going, gone, good or got.

The word go is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun go

What does go mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: gos (game) / goes (try)

  1. a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
    • example: it's my go
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of go: spell / tour / turn
    • more generic terms: duty period / shift / work shift = the time period during which you are at work
  2. street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
  3. a usually brief attempt
  4. a board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters

Alternative definition of the noun go


  1. A turn at something.
  2. [gaming] A turn in a game.
  3. An attempt.
  4. An approval to do something or a something that has been approved to do.
  5. [board game] A board game, originally from China, played in East Asia, mostly in China, Japan, and Korea.

Definition of the adjective go

What does go mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: goer |

  1. functioning correctly and ready for action

Definition of the verb go

What does go mean as a doing word?

Go is the 7th most common verb. It is used mostly in speech, being the 5th most common verb in spoken English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. follow a procedure or take a course
    • examples: We should go farther in this matter | go about the world in a certain manner | Messages must go through diplomatic channels
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of go: move / proceed
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific words:
      • work = proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
      • venture / embark = proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
      • steamroller / steamroll = proceed with great force
  3. move away from a place into another direction
  4. enter or assume a certain state or condition
  5. be awarded; be allotted
    • example: The first prize goes to Mary
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  6. have a particular form
    • example: as the saying goes...
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of go: run
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  7. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
    • example: His knowledge doesn't go very far
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of go: extend / lead / pass / run
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
    • more specific terms:
      • come = extend or reach
      • radiate / ray = extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center
      • go deep / go far = extend in importance or range
      • underrun = run or pass below
  8. follow a certain course
  9. be abolished or discarded
    • examples: These ugly billboards have to go! | These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: disappear / go away / vanish = get lost, as without warning or explanation
  10. be or continue to be in a certain condition
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  11. make a certain noise or sound
  12. perform as expected when applied
    • examples: The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in | These cars won't go
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of go: function / operate / run / work
    • more specific words:
      • double = do double duty
      • roll = begin operating or running
      • run = be operating, running or functioning
      • cut = function as a cutting instrument
      • service / serve = be used by
  13. to be spent or finished
  14. progress by being changed
    • example: The speech has to go through several more drafts
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of go: move / run
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  15. continue to live and avoid dying
  16. pass, fare, or elapse; of a certain state of affairs or action
    • example: How is it going?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  17. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  18. be in the right place or situation
    • examples: Where do these books go? | The chairs go in the corner
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of go: belong
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
  19. be ranked or compare
    • example: This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: compare = be comparable
  20. begin or set in motion
  21. have a turn; make one's move in a game
    • examples: Can I go now? | Sam and Sue go
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonym of go: move
    • more specific terms:
      • bluff out / bluff = deceive an opponent by a bold bet on an inferior hand with the result that the opponent withdraws a winning hand
      • stalemate = subject to a stalemate
      • castle = move the king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king
      • serve = put the ball into play
      • open = make the opening move
      • cast / draw = choose at random
      • trump / ruff = play a trump
      • manoeuver / manoeuvre / maneuver / operate = perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
      • check = decline to initiate betting
    • entailment: play = participate in games or sport
  22. be contained in
    • example: How many times does 18 go into 54?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  23. be sounded, played, or expressed
    • example: How does this song go again?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  24. blend or harmonize
  25. lead, extend, or afford access
    • example: This door goes to the basement
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of go: lead
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
  26. be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of go: fit
    • more generic word: fit = conform to some shape or size
    • more specific words:
      • tessellate = fit together exactly, of identical shapes
      • joint = fit as if by joints
  27. go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of go: rifle
    • more generic word: search = subject to a search
  28. be spent
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
  29. give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of go: plump
    • more generic terms: choose / pick out / select / take = pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  30. stop operating or functioning

Other definitions of go

What does go also mean?


  1. Gorontalo, a province of Indonesia.
  2. Goiás, a state of Brazil.


Go is a board game involving two players that originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. It was considered one of the four essential arts of a cultured Chinese scholar in antiquity. Its earliest written reference dates back to the Confucian Analects.

  • also known as 囲碁, baduk, igo, weiqi
  • genres: Perfect information, Zero-sum game, Board game, Strategy game, Abstract strategy game


  1. "Go" is a 1999 crime comedy film written by John August and directed by Doug Liman, with three intertwining plots that happen to involve one drug deal. The film stars William Fichtner, Katie Holmes, Jay Mohr, Sarah Polley, and Scott Wolf and features Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, Timothy Olyphant, Desmond Askew, and J. E. Freeman.
  2. "Go" is a 2001 coming-of-age movie, directed by Isao Yukisada, based on Kazuki Kaneshiro's novel of the same title, which tells the story of a Japanese-born North Korean teenager Sugihara and a prejudiced Japanese girl Tsubaki Sakurai whom he falls for.
  3. Go a.k.a. : Gō: Hime-tachi no Sengoku is the Taiga drama for 2011 and the fiftieth Taiga drama. NHK announced that it will be written by Kumiko Tabuchi, who wrote the 2007 Taiga drama Atsuhime.
    • also known as Princess Go
    • begun on and completed on
    • 47 episodes
    • country: Japan
    • regular cast:
      • Juri Ueno as Gou between and (2 months)
      • Takumi Saito as Takatsugu Kyogoku between and (10 months)
      • Manabu Hamada as Sanada yukimura between and (10 months)
    • genres: Japanese television drama, Drama
    • official website:
  4. "Go" is a Bollywood film starring Gautam Gupta, Nisha Kothari and Kay Kay Menon in the lead roles. It is directed by Manish Shrivastava and produced by Ram Gopal Varma.


"Go" is a semi-autobiographical novel by John Clellon Holmes. It is considered to be the first published novel depicting the beat generation. Set in New York, it concerns the lives of a collection of characters largely based on the friends Holmes used to hang around with in the 1940s and 1950s in Manhattan. An underworld of drug-fuelled parties, bars, clubs and free love is explored through the eyes of Paul Hobbes, Holmes' representation of himself in the novel. Hobbes is torn between joining his friends in their riotous existence and trying to maintain his relatively stable life and marriage to his wife Kathryn.

  • language: English Language
  • genre: Fiction
  • subjects: Literary, Literature, Classics
  • released in (63 years ago)


  1. Go is a fictional character from the 2005 film Beautiful Wonderful Perfect.
  2. Go is a fictional character from the 2005 film Art of the Devil 2.


  1. "Go" is a song by American electronica musician Moby, released as the first single from his self-titled album. The single was a success in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number ten on the UK Singles Chart.
    • also known as Go (Woodtick mix), Go (Voodoo Child mix), Go (Low Spirit mix)
    • music and lyrics by Moby
  2. "Go" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam, released in 1993 as the first single from the band's second studio album, Vs.. Although credited to all members of Pearl Jam, it features lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music primarily written by drummer Dave Abbruzzese. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror.
  3. "Go" is the second studio album by Icelandic musician Jónsi, frontman of the band Sigur Rós. The album was released on 5 April 2010, through XL Recordings, as reported by a downloadable track from the official site. The fourth track of the album, "Boy Lilikoi", was released for free from Jónsi's website, available to those subscribing to the website's mailing list.
  4. "Go" is the third studio album by American recording artist Mario, released by J Records on December 11, 2007. It is Mario's first album to receive a parental advisory sticker in the United States, and his second to receive a parental advisory sticker in the UK.
  5. "Go" is a soundtrack, musical album.
    • also known as Go!, Go Soundtrack
    • released on (15 years ago)
  6. "Go" a.k.a. "Go!" is the third studio album released by the hard rock band Fair Warning.
    • also known as Go!
    • genre: Hard rock
    • released on (18 years ago)
  7. "Go" is the fifth studio album by American rock band Motion City Soundtrack. Produced by Ed Ackerson and the band themselves, the album was released on June 12, 2012, in the United States by Epitaph Records and the band's own label, The Boombox Generation. Previously, the group had released their major-label debut, My Dinosaur Life on Columbia; the band parted ways with the label due to the record's lackluster commercial response. Following this, the band returned to their home of Minneapolis, Minnesota with producer and longtime friend Ed Ackerson. The band entered a local studio and recorded their next effort on their own time and finances. The band recorded Go without a label, and put it upon themselves to pay for mixing and mastering and have conversations with distributors later.
  8. "Go": Go! is the tenth studio album by jazz musician Dexter Gordon, recorded on August 27, 1962 and released in the same year on Blue Note. According to the liner notes by Ira Gitler, this session was "not recorded in a nightclub performance but, in its informal symmetry, it matches the relaxed atmosphere that the best of those made in that manner engender. Everyone was really together, in all the most positive meanings of that word." It was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs. Since its release, Go! has received very positive reviews from critics, with Allmusic giving it a five star rating. The album was re-released in March 1999 as part of Blue Note's RVG Series, produced by Michael Cuscuna.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (53 years ago)
  9. "Go" a.k.a. "Go!" is the third single from the Common album Be. It is produced by Kanye West, who also performs backing vocals for the track alongside John Mayer. The track's percussion is handled by Num Amuntehu, while its scratches are provided by A-Trak. Its beat contains a sample from "Old Smokey" by Linda Lewis. Its lyrics deal with sexual fantasies.
  10. "Go" is the title of the fourth album released by H₂O. It was released on May 15, 2001. This and the All We Want EP are the only releases the band made with the major label, MCA Records.
  11. "Go" is the fourth studio album by alternative rock band Vertical Horizon. The album, a follow-up to the band's double platinum Everything You Want, continues to expand upon the band's pop rock sound while moving into more hard rock directions as well. Recorded in early 2002, the album was ready as early as that August, but was instead delayed extensively due to restructuring at the band's label, RCA Records. The album was released over a year later on September 23, 2003. The first single off the album was "I'm Still Here".
  12. "Go" is the twelfth studio album by Christian pop rock band Newsboys, released on October 31, 2006. It is the band's last album with Phil Joel as a member, and is their first album with Paul Colman. The album's cover art was designed by Australian creative artist Steven Dix in Brisbane.
  13. "Go", written and composed by Julie Forsyth, who was a member of the Pop Group Guys 'n' Dolls and is the daughter of English entertainer Bruce Forsyth, was the United Kingdom's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1988, performed by Scott Fitzgerald.
  14. "Go" is a musical single of Moby.
    • also known as Go Mixes, Go Remixes, The Ultimate Go
    • released in (24 years ago)
  15. "Go" is the fifth studio album from the band Girugamesh, which was released on January 26, 2011 in Japan and on February 4 in Europe. Two editions of the album were released: a Regular Version CD and a Limited Version 2CD+DVD which includes the music videos for "COLOR [PV]" and "イノチノキ [PV]", a documentary, G-TRAVEL 2010 SUMMER, and a summarization of “Ura-Girugamesh” in 2010.
  16. "Go" is the eleventh studio album, and twelfth album overall, by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released in the summer of 2003. As of 2014, it is Benatar's only studio album since 1997's Innamorata and her only release of new material in the 2000s. According to Nielsen SoundScan this album had sold approximately 30,000 copies, before it went out of print in 2010.
  17. "Go" is a song written and performed by the pop-rock band Hanson. It is the second single from their album, The Walk, and the first single to be sung by youngest brother Zac Hanson.
  18. "Go" is a composition.
  19. "Go" is a composition.
    • also known as Go (Dave Angel remix), Go (Spira remix)
    • music by Paul Hazel
  20. "Go" is an album that was nominated for the Country album of the Year in the 2010 Juno Awards.
    • artist: Doc Walker
    • genre: Country
    • released on (5 years ago)
    • award: - Juno Award for Country Album of the Year nomination for Doc Walker
  21. "Go" is the debut single recorded by British singer Delilah. The song was released as a digital download single on 6 September 2011 in the United Kingdom from her debut album From the Roots Up. Delilah featured on Chase & Status's hit "Time" earlier this year, which reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.
  22. "Go" a.k.a. "Go EP" is a musical EP of Newsboys.
  23. "Go" is the fifth studio album by Japanese rapper Kreva, released through Pony Canyon on September 8, 2011. It is Kreva's first studio album in two years. The album's title, Go, is a word play on the Japanese word for five. Kreva explained, "It's my fifth album so I called it Go". Go produced three singles, including the top ten hit "Idome".
  24. "Go": Go is the first album by Stomu Yamashta's fusion supergroup Go.
  25. "Go" a.k.a. "Go!" is the third album by the band Letters to Cleo. This was their first album without the band's original drummer, Stacy Jones, and the first with Tom Polce in his place.
  26. "Go" a.k.a. "Go!" is a song by English post-punk band Tones on Tail.
  27. "Go" a.k.a. "Go!" is the debut album by Cartman and was released January 14, 2002 by Embryo Records and distributed by MGM Distribution.
  28. "Go" is solo debut of Sarah Bettens. This album is more quiet and poppy than her work for K's Choice. The CD includes two versions of the music video of the single Fine.
  29. "Go" a.k.a. "Go!" is a composition.


  1. Go a.k.a. Maartje Goderie is a Dutch field hockey player, who plays as forward for Dutch club HC Den Bosch. She also plays for the Netherlands national team and she was part of the Dutch squad that became World Champion at the 2006 Women's Hockey World Cup and which won the 2007 Champions Trophy.
  2. Go is a musical artist.


  1. Go was a supergroup conceived in 1976 by Stomu Yamashta, which also included Steve Winwood, Al Di Meola, Klaus Schulze and Michael Shrieve.
  2. Go a.k.a. Go! is an American hardcore punk band that were active in the late 1980s and early 1990s and reunited in 2006.


  1. Go a.k.a. Go!, based in Honolulu was a regional brand of Phoenix, Arizona based Mesa Airlines. Go! operated inter island services within Hawaii. Its main base was Honolulu International Airport. It was a division within the Mesa Airlines subsidiary of Mesa Air Group and its flights were operated by Mesa Airlines. The airline ceased operations in Hawaii on April 1, 2014.
  2. GO p.l.c. is a provider of local and long distance telephone services, wireless service, cable television, and DSL Internet access. GO is based in Marsa, Malta.
  3. Go Fly was the name of a British low-cost airline, founded by British Airways in 1998. It operated flights between London Stansted Airport and destinations in Europe. The airline was purchased from BA in a management buy-out backed by the private equity firm 3i in 2001. In 2002 it was bought by its rival EasyJet, and was merged into the airline's operations. Its head office was in the Enterprise House in London Stansted Airport in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.
  4. Go a.k.a. ULS Airlines Cargo, is a cargo airline based in Istanbul, Turkey. It operates international cargo services. Its main base is Atatürk International Airport.


  1. Go, also commonly referred to as golang, is a programming language initially developed at Google in 2007 by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson. It is a statically-typed language with syntax loosely derived from that of C, adding garbage collection, type safety, some dynamic-typing capabilities, additional built-in types such as variable-length arrays and key-value maps, and a large standard library.
  2. Go: The verb go is an irregular verb in the English language. It has a wide range of uses; its basic meaning is "to move from one place to another". Apart from the copular verb be, the verb go is the only English verb to have a suppletive past tense, namely went.
  3. Go a.k.a. The gō is a traditional Japanese unit of area and volume. It expresses a tenth of a particular quantity.
  4. Go a.k.a. Go! is an agent-based programming language in the tradition of logic-based programming languages like Prolog. It was introduced in a 2003 paper by Francis McCabe and Keith Clark.
  5. GO, is a "cultural roadmap for the city girl," and is the nation's most widely distributed, free, lesbian magazine. Based out of New York City, GO distributes 30,000 copies in 10 major cities, and receives 250,000 unique web hits monthly. The publication offers information on nightlife, arts & entertainment, news & current events, lifestyle, travel, advice, and celebrity Q&As.
  6. GO a.k.a. GO : Gene Ontology: Gene ontology, or GO, is a major bioinformatics initiative to unify the representation of gene and gene product attributes across all species.
  7. Go was a TV channel on the DStv satellite network. The channel was broadcast on DStv channel 84. After a channel shuffle by DStv in October 2007, go was moved to channel 123. Go was a channel for preteens, teens and twenty-somethings. Programming on Go included sitcoms, soaps, comedy shows, series and plenty of music shows.
  8. Go: Go! was a Saturday morning entertainment show on the Radio One network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that ran from 2002 to 2010, hosted by Brent Bambury. The show included interviews, music, live performances, and comedy bits.
  9. Go is an American television game show created by Bob Stewart and aired on NBC from October 3, 1983 to January 20, 1984. The show featured two teams, each composed of four contestants and a celebrity. The teams had to construct questions one word at a time to convey a word or phrase to their teammates. The concept of Go was based on a bonus round used on Chain Reaction, another game show created by Stewart.
  10. Go a.k.a. Go! was a television program.
  11. Go a.k.a. GO+ is a 2013 Telly Award winning ad, created for Resorts World Sentosa.
    • award:
      • Telly Award for Internet/Online Commercial Online Video - Entertainment/Amusement, received by Moving Bits
      • Telly Award for Internet/Online Commercial Online Video - Travel/Tourism, received by Moving Bits
      • Telly Award for Internet/Online Commercial Online Video - Use of Animation, received by Moving Bits
  12. Go a.k.a. GO! (Australian TV channel: GO! is an Australian free-to-air digital television multichannel launched by the Nine Network on Sunday 9 August 2009. It is an entertainment channel aimed at 14–39-year-olds.
  13. Go a.k.a. The Go!! Show was a top rating Australian popular music television series which aired on ATV-10 Melbourne from 1964 to 1967, and was produced by DYT Productions at the Channel 10 studios in Nunawading, Victoria.
    • also known as Go!!
    • begun in and completed in (48 years ago)
    • 222 episodes of 30 minutes each, in 3 seasons
    • country: Australia
    • genre: Music
    • award:
      • Logie Award for Best Australian Teenage Personality nomination for Johnny Young
      • Logie Award for Best Australian Teenage Personality, received by Johnny Young
  14. Go is FLOW's fourth single. Its A-Side was used as the fourth opening for the popular Japanese anime Naruto. It reached #6 on the Oricon charts in its first week where it stayed on the Oricon's Top 10 for 3 straight weeks. It charted for 22 weeks total.
  15. Go is a proprietary continuous integration and release management product by ThoughtWorks Studios.
  16. GO a.k.a. Gene Ontology Consortium: The Gene Ontology project is a major bioinformatics initiative with the aim of standardizing the representation of gene and gene product attributes across species and databases. The project provides a controlled vocabulary of terms for describing gene product characteristics and gene product annotation data from GO Consortium members, as well as tools to access and process this data.

Scrabble value of G2O1

The value of this 2-letter word is 3 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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