Definition of go for in English:

go for

phrasal verb

  • 1Decide on; choose.

    ‘I went for grilled halibut’
    • ‘Three to choose from - I went for the Zandra Rhodes creation.’
    • ‘I felt much better, so I decided to go for a skirt, instead of my everyday jeans.’
    • ‘The younger generation prefers to buy coloured umbrellas while the older generation goes for black.’
    • ‘Today, for example, I've gone for my current favourite - oxtail ravioli.’
    • ‘I decided to splurge and go for the whole shampoo, cut, blow dry, and permanent colour.’
    • ‘My husband went for that old favourite, roast chicken with gravy and roast potatoes.’
    • ‘When choosing margarine, go for the soft rather than the hard.’
    • ‘I ordered my favourite flavour, mint chocolate chip while Adam went for chocolate fudge.’
    • ‘At the dairy case, choose lower-fat products while at the meat counter, go for lean or extra-lean beef and pork.’
    • ‘Downloads to mobile phones show a sharp division between the sexes with men going for games and women preferring ringtones.’
    choose, pick, opt for, select, plump for, take, settle on, decide on
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    1. 1.1 Tend to find (a particular type of person) attractive.
      ‘Dionne went for the outlaw type’
      • ‘She's gone for rough boys in the past but maybe she's trying to change her image.’
      • ‘She never really went for the sparkling golden boys, preferring the calmer, more measured, determined types.’
      • ‘The only boys that ever went for her loved themselves and got another girl every week, just to kill the other girls' feelings.’
      • ‘I'm starting to realize why Cinderella went for the Prince.’
      be attracted to, find attractive, like, fancy
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  • 2Attempt to gain or attain.

    ‘he went for a job as a delivery driver’
    • ‘Tonight's final will see American favourite Brooke Bennett going for gold after clocking a heat time of 4.07.57, her fastest time in two years.’
    • ‘That would help the company raise revenues while complying with its market-share ceiling and going for more attractive high-margin corporate customers.’
    • ‘‘As a teacher, I was always a bit short of money so I went for a rep's job selling lighting because it came with a free car,’ explained David.’
    • ‘He said not to say I was separated if I went for a job.’
    • ‘I was still going for customer service jobs, but they didn't seem to pay as much as I needed.’
    • ‘Don't laugh, I almost went for a job as a fireman once.’
    • ‘Suddenly, there were no more grades to be earned unless I did something insane like decide to go for another degree.’
    • ‘She went for gold with an attempt on 142.5kg but failed.’
    • ‘He never went for material gains nor sold his name for cheap publicity.’
    • ‘‘Some landowners have decided to go for planning permission themselves,’ he said.’
    1. 2.1go for it Strive to the utmost to gain or achieve something (frequently said as an exhortation)
      ‘sounds like a good idea—go for it!’
      • ‘She has really gone for it and it must have been so difficult for her at first in a place where no one spoke her language.’
      • ‘They wanted to score a try or two more and they went for it.’
      • ‘Alderley Edge went for it in the final 15 minutes, but James Riley, City's keeper, had an outstanding game.’
      • ‘‘Had she been born in another era,’ Somerville told the Times, ‘she could have really gone for it and lived up to her potential.’’
      • ‘Well, we saw a niche in the market that wasn't filled and we went for it.’
      • ‘And, you know, I just tackled it and went for it, and I've really never looked back.’
      • ‘‘When we were sitting third, I think we should have taken the bull by the horns and gone for it,’ he said.’
      • ‘We knew that three points would put us into the quarter-finals and we went for it.’
      • ‘You shouldn't have to put up with bullying from your classmates. Go for it; don't let them stop you doing what you like.’
      • ‘You like the girl! She's single! Go for it!’
  • 3Launch oneself at (someone); attack.

    ‘she went for him with clawed hands’
    • ‘They also claimed the family's Rottweiler dog had attacked another dog, killed one woman's cat and gone for another woman in the street leaving her shaken up.’
    • ‘Bart cried out as Jack went for him, swinging his cutlass furiously.’
    • ‘Sheldon went for the fourth man and swung her leg at his stomach.’
    • ‘He went for her but she pulled out her silver cross and held it in front of herself.’
    • ‘I got a bit worried when two bulls and a cow came running towards me. I headed for the fence, ready to jump if they went for me, but they just stood there staring at me.’
    • ‘Clive only had time to put one foot on the road before his attacker went for his jugular.’
    • ‘Realising his punches are having no effect he opts for an alternative form of attack… he goes for the legs.’
    • ‘He latched onto every part of my anatomy, finally going for my throat.’
    • ‘It then bit her shoulder before going for her face, tearing the back of her left ear.’
    • ‘Defenders Phil McGuire and Jamie McAllister had to be pulled apart when they went for one another after conceding the third goal.’
    attack, assault, hit, strike, give someone a beating, beat up, assail, launch oneself at, set upon, spring at, spring on, rush at, let fly at, tear into, lash out at
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  • 4Finally have a specified negative result.

    ‘my good intentions went for nothing’
    • ‘Is all her eight or ten years of hard work to go for nothing?’
    • ‘I thought I could crack the top three, but when I heard that I placed fifth, I had tears in my eyes; it was as if all my hard work went for nothing.’
    • ‘Civil service integrity and ministerial piety went for nothing.’
  • 5Apply to; have relevance for.

    ‘the same goes for money-grabbing lawyers’
    • ‘The same goes for light switches, plug sockets, razor points and extractor fans.’
    • ‘Concentrate the stuff near the roots, not the ends (this goes for ANY product you choose though).’
    • ‘And it doesn't just apply to those on the Council - that same goes for the guards, the servants, the lesser nobility, the townsfolk, everyone.’
    • ‘What goes for one does not necessarily apply to all.’
    • ‘Kids raised in a kibbutz, for example, very rarely marry each other, and that goes for the people who bring them up as well.’
    • ‘The same goes for her attempts to get them to help her with fundraising ideas.’
    • ‘The same goes for idiots who decide to chat through the film.’
    • ‘Of course plenty of gay men are inclined to be reliably pro-war, and the same goes for lots of ‘feminists.’’
    • ‘After such an event, you never see a pupil in quite the same light; the same goes for the pupils, for a common experience like this seems to break barriers in a remarkable way.’
    • ‘The same goes for my favourite dessert type pie, which would be the pecan pie my sister sent me the Christmas before last.’