Synonyms of go in English:

go


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verb

1‘she went forwards, step by step’

SYNONYMS

move, proceed, make one's way, advance, progress, pass, walk, wend one's way

travel, journey

repair, remove, retire

literary betake oneself

2‘the road goes to London’

SYNONYMS

extend, continue, carry on, stretch, reach

lead

3‘the money raised will go to charity’

SYNONYMS

be given, be donated, be assigned, be allotted, be granted, be presented, be awarded

be applied, be devoted

be turned over, be made over, be ceded

4‘it's time to go’

SYNONYMS

leave, depart, take one's leave, take oneself off, go away, go off, withdraw, absent oneself, say one's goodbyes, quit, make an exit, exit

set off, set out, start out, get going, get under way, be on one's way

decamp, retreat, beat a retreat, retire, make off, clear out, make oneself scarce, slope off, run off, run away, flee

British make a move

informal make tracks, shove off, push off, clear off, beat it, take off, skedaddle, scram, split, scoot, up sticks, pack one's bags

British informal sling one's hook

North American informal vamoose, hightail it, cut out

rare abstract oneself

ANTONYMS

arrive, come

5‘three years went past’

SYNONYMS

pass, pass by, elapse, slip by, slip past, roll by, roll past, tick away

wear on, march on

fly by, fly past

6‘a golden age that has now gone for good’

SYNONYMS

come to an end, cease to exist, disappear, vanish, be no more, be over, run its course, fade away, melt away, evaporate

blow over

finish, end, stop, cease, terminate

rare evanish

ANTONYMS

return

7‘25 of their 80 staff have gone’

SYNONYMS

be dismissed, be given notice, be given one's notice, be made redundant, be laid off, be let go

informal get the sack, be sacked, be fired, be given the boot, be given the push, get one's marching orders, be booted out, be axed, get the axe, get the chop

British informal be given one's cards

8‘her purse had gone’

SYNONYMS

be stolen, be taken

go missing, disappear, be lost, be mislaid

9‘after a few weeks, all our money had gone’

SYNONYMS

be used up, be spent, be finished, be at an end, be exhausted, be consumed, be drained, be depleted

10‘I'd like to see my grandchildren before I go’

SYNONYMS

die, pass away, pass on, expire, depart this life, be no more, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, meet one's Maker, give up the ghost, go to the great beyond, cross the great divide, shuffle off this mortal coil, perish, go the way of all flesh, go the way of the flesh, go to one's last resting place

informal kick the bucket, bite the dust, croak, conk out, buy it, turn up one's toes, cash in one's chips, go belly up

British informal snuff it, peg out, pop one's clogs

11‘there was no warning at all before the bridge went’

SYNONYMS

collapse, give way, fall down, cave in, fall in, crumble, disintegrate, break, fall to pieces

12‘his hair had gone grey’

SYNONYMS

become, get, turn, grow, come to be

literary wax

13‘everything went well’

SYNONYMS

turn out, work out, fare, progress, develop, come out

result, end, end up

informal pan out

rare eventuate

14‘the carpet and curtains don't really go’

SYNONYMS

match, go together, be harmonious, harmonize, blend, suit each other, be suited, complement each other, be complementary, coordinate with each other, be compatible

15‘my car won't go’

SYNONYMS

function, work, be in working order, run, operate, be operative, perform

16‘where does the cutlery go?’

SYNONYMS

be kept, belong, have a place, be found, be located

be situated, lie, stand

17‘this all goes to prove my point’

SYNONYMS

contribute, help, serve

incline, tend


noun

1‘his second go’

SYNONYMS

attempt, try, effort, bid, endeavour

informal shot, stab, crack, bash, whirl, whack

formal essay

archaic assay

2‘he still has plenty of go in him’

SYNONYMS

energy, vigour, vitality, life, liveliness, animation, vivacity, spirit, spiritedness, verve, enthusiasm, zest, vibrancy, spark, sparkle, effervescence, exuberance, brio, buoyancy, perkiness, sprightliness

stamina, dynamism, drive, push, determination

informal zip, zing, Pep, pizzazz, punch, bounce, fizz, oomph, get-up-and-go, vim and vigour

North American informal feistiness


Phrases

    get going

      1‘it's been wonderful seeing you again, but I think it's time we got going’

      See go

      2‘the campaign got going in 1983’

      SYNONYMS

      start, begin, get under way, go ahead

      informal

      kick off

      formal

      commence

    get someone going

      ‘his letter to the editor really got me going’

      SYNONYMS

      stir up, rouse, arouse, excite, galvanize, electrify, stimulate, inspire, move, fire up, fire the enthusiasm of, fire the imagination of, whip up, inflame, agitate, goad, provoke, spur on, urge, encourage, animate, incite

    get something going

      ‘we got the car going again after much trying’

      SYNONYMS

      operate, switch on, turn on, start, start off, start up, set going, trigger off, trigger, trip, set in motion, activate, actuate, initiate, initialize, energize, animate

    go about

      ‘Ruth went about her tasks enthusiastically’

      SYNONYMS

      set about, begin, embark on, make a start on, start, address oneself to, get down to, get to work on, get going on, undertake

      approach, tackle, attack

      informal

      get cracking on, get cracking with

      formal

      commence

    go along with

      ‘he seemed happy enough to go along with your plans’

      SYNONYMS

      agree to, agree with, fall in with, comply with, concur with, cooperate with, acquiesce in, assent to, follow

      submit to, bow to, yield to, defer to

    go away

      ‘just go away and leave me in peace’

      SYNONYMS

      leave, go, depart, get going, get out, be off with you, shoo

      informal

      scram, be on your way, run along, beat it, skedaddle, split, vamoose, scat, get lost, push off, buzz off, shove off, clear off, go jump in the lake, go and jump in the lake

      British informal

      hop it, bog off, naff off, on your bike, get along, sling your hook

      North American informal

      bug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hike

      Australian informal

      nick off

      Australian NZ informal

      rack off

      South African informal

      voetsak, hamba

      vulgar slang

      bugger off, piss off, fuck off

      British vulgar slang

      sod off

      literary

      begone, avaunt

      ANTONYMS

      return

      go
    go back on

      ‘she went back on her promise’

      SYNONYMS

      renege on, break, fail to honour, default on, backtrack on, back out of, repudiate, retract

      go back on one's word, break one's word, break one's promise, do an about-face

      informal

      rat on

      ANTONYMS

      keep, honour

    go by

      ‘we have to go by the referee's decision’

      SYNONYMS

      obey, abide by, comply with, observe, keep to, conform to, follow, be guided by, heed, take as a guide

      defer to, respect

      ANTONYMS

      flout

    go down

      1‘the ship went down in a storm’

      SYNONYMS

      sink, be submerged, founder, go under

      2‘interest rates are going down’

      SYNONYMS

      decrease, get lower, fall, drop, be reduced, decline

      plummet, plunge, slump

      ANTONYMS

      rise

      3‘they went down 2–1 in the first leg’

      SYNONYMS

      lose, be beaten, be defeated, suffer defeat, be vanquished, collapse, come to grief

      ANTONYMS

      win

      4‘his name will go down in history’

      SYNONYMS

      be remembered, be recorded, be commemorated, be immortalized

    go down well

      ‘the production went down well with the audience’

      SYNONYMS

      be successful, be a success, achieve success, triumph, make an impression, have an impact, get an enthusiastic reception

      informal

      be a hit, be a winner, be a sell-out, go down a storm, score

    go down with

      ‘she's gone down with flu’

      SYNONYMS

      fall ill with, get, develop, contract, pick up, succumb to, fall victim to, be struck down with, become infected with

      British informal

      take ill with

      North American British informal

      take sick with

    go far

      ‘you're a smart girl—you'll go far’

      SYNONYMS

      be successful, succeed, be a success, do all right for oneself, make progress, achieve a great deal, get on, get somewhere, get on in the world, get ahead, advance oneself, make good, set the world on fire

      informal

      make a name for oneself, make it, make one's mark, find a place in the sun

      ‘she was a girl who would go far’

      SYNONYMS

      be successful, succeed, prosper, flourish, thrive, get on, get on in the world, make good, make one's way in the world, make headway, make progress, gain advancement, climb the ladder of success, rise in the world, set the world on fire

      British

      set the Thames on fire

      informal

      make a name for oneself, make one's mark, go places, make it, make the grade, cut it, get somewhere, do all right for oneself, arrive, find a place in the sun, be someone

      ANTONYMS

      fail

    go for

      1‘I went for the grilled tuna’

      SYNONYMS

      choose, pick, opt for, select, plump for, take, settle on, decide on

      ANTONYMS

      reject

      2‘he lost his temper and went for her’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      lay into, rough up, let someone have it, beat the living daylights out of

      British informal

      have a go at, duff up

      North American informal

      beat up on, light into

      3‘Philip's seeing Sarah—he goes for older women’

      SYNONYMS

      be attracted to, find attractive, like, fancy

      prefer, favour, choose, be drawn to, gravitate towards

      informal

      have a thing about

      ANTONYMS

      dislike

    go in for

      ‘we don't normally go in for this sort of thing’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      practise, pursue

      take up, espouse, adopt, embrace

    go into

      ‘you'll need to go into the subject in greater detail’

      SYNONYMS

      investigate, examine, enquire into, look into, research, study, probe, explore, delve into, try to get to the bottom of

      discuss, consider, review, analyse, weigh up

    go off

      1‘the bomb went off at 9.20’

      SYNONYMS

      explode, detonate, blow up, burst, erupt

      informal

      go bang

      2‘the milk's gone off’

      SYNONYMS

      go bad, go stale, go sour, turn, spoil, go rancid

      British

      decompose, go mouldy, be rotten

      British

      be past its sell-by date

    go on

      1‘the lecture went on for three hours’

      SYNONYMS

      last, continue, carry on, run on, proceed

      endure, persist, stay, remain

      take

      2‘she went on about how much she loved the sea’

      SYNONYMS

      talk at length, ramble, rattle on, talk on and on, carry on talking, chatter, prattle, prate, gabble, maunder, blether, blather, twitter

      informal

      gab, yak, yackety-yak, yabber, yatter, shoot one's mouth off

      British informal

      witter, rabbit, natter, waffle, chunter

      North American informal

      run off at the mouth

      3‘I'm not sure what went on that night’

      SYNONYMS

      happen, take place, occur, transpire

      North American informal

      go down

      literary

      come to pass, betide, chance

      rare

      eventuate, hap

    go out

      1‘the lights went out’

      SYNONYMS

      be turned off, be extinguished

      stop burning, die out, be doused, be quenched

      2‘he's been going out with her for about two months’

      SYNONYMS

      see other, take out, be someone's boyfriend, be someone's girlfriend, be romantically involved with, go around with, keep company

      informal

      date, go steady with, go with

      Australian informal

      track square with

      British informal, dated

      walk out with

      North American informal, dated

      step out with

      dated

      court, woo

    go over

      1‘I need to go over the figures’

      SYNONYMS

      examine, study, scrutinize, inspect, read over, look at, look over, scan, run over, check

      analyse, consider, appraise, weigh up, review

      informal

      give something the once-over

      2‘we spent the time going over our lines’

      SYNONYMS

      rehearse, practise, read through, run through

    go round

      1‘the wheels were still going round’

      SYNONYMS

      spin, revolve, turn, rotate, whirl

      2‘there's a nasty rumour going round’

      SYNONYMS

      be spread, be passed round, be circulated, be put about, be in circulation, circulate, pass round, be disseminated, be broadcast

    go through

      1‘no one can imagine what she and the children have gone through’

      SYNONYMS

      undergo, experience, face, suffer, be subjected to, live through, endure, brave, bear, tolerate, stand, withstand, put up with, brook, cope with, weather, come in for, receive, sustain

      Scottish

      thole

      2‘he went through hundreds of pounds of his mother's money’

      SYNONYMS

      spend, use up, run through, get through, expend, consume, exhaust, deplete

      waste, fritter away, squander

      3‘he went through Susie's bag’

      SYNONYMS

      search, look through, hunt through, rummage in, rummage through, rifle through, dig into, ferret, ferret about in, ferret around in, root about in, root around in, turn inside out

      check

      informal

      frisk, inspect

      Australian NZ informal

      fossick through

      4‘it took me three hours to go through the report’

      SYNONYMS

      examine, study, scrutinize, inspect, read over, look at, look over, scan, run over, check

      analyse, consider, appraise, weigh up, review

      5‘the deal has finally gone through’

      SYNONYMS

      be completed, be concluded, be brought to a conclusion, be carried through, be brought off, be pulled off

      be approved, be signed, be rubber-stamped

    go under

      ‘over 1,000 businesses went under in the last three months’

      SYNONYMS

      go bankrupt, cease trading, go into receivership, go into liquidation, become insolvent, be liquidated, be wound up

      fail

      informal

      go broke, go to the wall, go belly up, fold, flatline

    go without

      1‘I decided to go without breakfast’

      SYNONYMS

      abstain from, forgo, refrain from, do without, deny oneself

      give up, cut out, swear off

      2‘she tried to make sure the children did not go without’

      SYNONYMS

      lack for something, go short, go hungry, be in need, be deprived, be in want, suffer deprivation

    have a go at

      ‘his dad had had a real go at him’

      SYNONYMS

      attack, censure, criticize, denounce, condemn, arraign, find fault with, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to

      North American British informal

      slur

      British informal

      knock, pan, slam, hammer, blast, bad-mouth, nitpick about, throw brickbats at, give flak to, lay into, lace into, pull to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, hit out at, maul, savage, roast, skewer, crucify

      British informal

      slag off, give some stick to, slate, monster, rubbish

      North American British informal

      pummel, cut up, trash

      Australian British NZ informal

      bag

      British informal, dated

      rate

      British informal, archaic

      slash, vituperate against, reprobate

      British informal, rare

      animadvert on, objurgate, excoriate, asperse, derogate, reprehend

    on the go

      ‘she hardly has time to watch TV because she's always on the go’

      SYNONYMS

      busy, occupied, employed, hard at work, wrapped up

      informal

      hard-pressed

      informal

      on the job, absorbed in, engrossed in, immersed in, preoccupied with

      informal

      active, lively, industrious, bustling, energetic, tireless

      informal

      busy as a bee, hard at it

      British informal

      on the hop