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’
    • ‘Even when I was single, I never went in for that playing-with-fire kind of dallying - not that I was a prude.’
    • ‘Although they very much enjoy sex with the right partner, they are quite undemanding and don't go in for party tricks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think modern young couples are still looking for the old fashioned stability and public commitment my generation went in for.’
    • ‘He doesn't go in for the trappings of stardom, preferring a quiet family life.’
    • ‘They don't romanticize the instrument's folk origins or go in for New Age contrivances.’
    • ‘Apparently this show is a departure from the stronger stuff Taki Rua usually goes in for but stick with it I say.’
    • ‘At 17, Olga had the world standing up and applauding, daring and innovative, she at times went in for near suicidal routines.’
    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’
    • ‘He's solid, he's reliable and you know he's going to give it everything in every single challenge he goes in for.’
    • ‘Fred and J.R. went in for the Knobbly Knees competition but neither of them won.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    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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