Definition of go for in English:

go for

phrasal verb

  • 1Decide on; choose.

    ‘I went for grilled halibut’
    • ‘The younger generation prefers to buy coloured umbrellas while the older generation goes for black.’
    • ‘I decided to splurge and go for the whole shampoo, cut, blow dry, and permanent colour.’
    • ‘Three to choose from - I went for the Zandra Rhodes creation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My husband went for that old favourite, roast chicken with gravy and roast potatoes.’
    • ‘I felt much better, so I decided to go for a skirt, instead of my everyday jeans.’
    • ‘Today, for example, I've gone for my current favourite - oxtail ravioli.’
    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’
      • ‘I'm starting to realize why Cinderella went for the Prince.’
      • ‘The only boys that ever went for her loved themselves and got another girl every week, just to kill the other girls' feelings.’
      • ‘She never really went for the sparkling golden boys, preferring the calmer, more measured, determined types.’
      • ‘She's gone for rough boys in the past but maybe she's trying to change her image.’
      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’
    • ‘She went for gold with an attempt on 142.5kg but failed.’
    • ‘Don't laugh, I almost went for a job as a fireman once.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly, there were no more grades to be earned unless I did something insane like decide to go for another degree.’
    • ‘That would help the company raise revenues while complying with its market-share ceiling and going for more attractive high-margin corporate customers.’
    • ‘‘Some landowners have decided to go for planning permission themselves,’ he said.’
    • ‘He never went for material gains nor sold his name for cheap publicity.’
    • ‘He said not to say I was separated if I went for a job.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was still going for customer service jobs, but they didn't seem to pay as much as I needed.’
    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!’
      • ‘Well, we saw a niche in the market that wasn't filled and we went for it.’
      • ‘‘Had she been born in another era,’ Somerville told the Times, ‘she could have really gone for it and lived up to her potential.’’
      • ‘We knew that three points would put us into the quarter-finals and we went for it.’
      • ‘You like the girl! She's single! Go for it!’
      • ‘And, you know, I just tackled it and went for it, and I've really never looked back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alderley Edge went for it in the final 15 minutes, but James Riley, City's keeper, had an outstanding game.’
      • ‘They wanted to score a try or two more and they 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.’
      • ‘‘When we were sitting third, I think we should have taken the bull by the horns and gone for it,’ he said.’
  • 3Launch oneself at (someone); attack.

    ‘she went for him with clawed hands’
    • ‘Sheldon went for the fourth man and swung her leg at his stomach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It then bit her shoulder before going for her face, tearing the back of her left ear.’
    • ‘He went for her but she pulled out her silver cross and held it in front of herself.’
    • ‘Realising his punches are having no effect he opts for an alternative form of attack… he goes for the legs.’
    • ‘Clive only had time to put one foot on the road before his attacker went for his jugular.’
    • ‘Bart cried out as Jack went for him, swinging his cutlass furiously.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Defenders Phil McGuire and Jamie McAllister had to be pulled apart when they went for one another after conceding the third goal.’
    • ‘He latched onto every part of my anatomy, finally going for my throat.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is all her eight or ten years of hard work to go for nothing?’
  • 5Apply to; have relevance for.

    ‘the same goes for money-grabbing lawyers’
    • ‘Concentrate the stuff near the roots, not the ends (this goes for ANY product you choose though).’
    • ‘The same goes for idiots who decide to chat through the film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 light switches, plug sockets, razor points and extractor fans.’
    • ‘The same goes for my favourite dessert type pie, which would be the pecan pie my sister sent me the Christmas before last.’
    • ‘The same goes for her attempts to get them to help her with fundraising ideas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What goes for one does not necessarily apply to all.’
    • ‘Of course plenty of gay men are inclined to be reliably pro-war, and the same goes for lots of ‘feminists.’’