Definition of go over in US English:

go over

phrasal verb

  • 1Examine, consider, or check the details of (something)

    ‘I want to go over these plans with you again’
    • ‘I've gone over your file and checked the test results.’
    • ‘I haven't gone over the speech and checked the accuracy of all of the statements, but it is simply untrue that he appeared crazy in some way.’
    • ‘I go over the figures, checking and double-checking, just in case I may have got them wrong.’
    • ‘Check for spellings, go over your analysis in your own minds just to ensure that you have not made a monumentally large mistake.’
    • ‘It was then that he began considering his options, going over possible emergency landing sites in his mind.’
    • ‘Trent took a moment to ponder this question and, from where Ally was sitting, it looked like he was going over a check list in his mind.’
    • ‘Kirby opened a large black logbook and together they began to go over her budget plans and problems.’
    • ‘As I have analysed this and gone over the incidents a few times in my mind, right now I am having a few doubts to say the least about my reading of the situation.’
    • ‘Don and I spent a lot of time talking about this and going over the plans leading up to surgery as well as the week after surgery.’
    • ‘Mr. Parker, who was going over the game plan with some of the players, looked up and shook his head.’
    examine, study, scrutinize, inspect, read over, look at, look over, scan, run over, check
    rehearse, practise, read through, run through
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  • 2Change one's allegiance or religion.

    ‘he went over to the Democratic Party’
    • ‘Several prominent members broke with the organisation as a result, and went over to join the Socialist Party.’
    • ‘You have a whole pack of these guys, who left the Dixiecrat Party, a part of the Democratic Party, went over to the Republican Party.’
    • ‘I went over to Gmail this summer and love the ability to search all my messages.’
  • 3(especially of an action or performance) be received in a specified way.

    ‘his earnestness would go over well in a courtroom’
    • ‘Of course, this sort of talk doesn't go over well with the members of the opposite sex.’
    • ‘Although I had nothing to do with the planning or execution of this event, I thought it went over pretty well, considering.’
    • ‘They did not go over well, receiving polite applause at best.’