Definition of go in for in English:

go in for

phrasal verb

  • 1Like or habitually take part in (an activity)

    ‘I don't go in for the social whirl’
    • ‘I'm not one to go in for a lot of political correctness, so if the depiction of the Spanish-Californian peasants bothered me even a little bit, it is bound to offend others to a far greater degree.’
    • ‘At 17, Olga had the world standing up and applauding, daring and innovative, she at times went in for near suicidal routines.’
    • ‘Apparently this show is a departure from the stronger stuff Taki Rua usually goes in for but stick with it I say.’
    • ‘Although they very much enjoy sex with the right partner, they are quite undemanding and don't go in for party tricks.’
    • ‘Even when I was single, I never went in for that playing-with-fire kind of dallying - not that I was a prude.’
    • ‘I think modern young couples are still looking for the old fashioned stability and public commitment my generation went in for.’
    • ‘And at least the singer didn't try to do all that guttural bellowing into the mic stuff that the other bands went in for.’
    • ‘They don't romanticize the instrument's folk origins or go in for New Age contrivances.’
    • ‘And maybe the assertiveness training and confidence-building exercises we women have been going in for down the years is just as much of a waste of time.’
    • ‘He doesn't go in for the trappings of stardom, preferring a quiet family life.’
    take part in, participate in, be a participant in, engage in, get involved in, join in, enter into, occupy oneself with, play a part in, be a party to, undertake
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  • 2British Enter (a competition) or sit (an examination)

    ‘he went in for the exam’
    • ‘Well if you recall he was going in for a competition at Donnington for the loudest sound system.’
    • ‘I did a bit of diving but I never went in for any major competitions.’
    • ‘He's solid, he's reliable and you know he's going to give it everything in every single challenge he goes in for.’
    • ‘He went in for the competition last year and he was hoping to win it this time.’
    • ‘It's funny - when I went in for what I term ‘the swimsuit competition,’ he said I was the first to be scheduled.’
    • ‘Fred and J.R. went in for the Knobbly Knees competition but neither of them won.’
    go in for, put one's name down for, register for, enrol for, sign on for, sign up for, become a competitor in, become a contestant in, gain entrance to, obtain entrance to
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