Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A board game of Chinese origin in which two players take turns placing counters on the points formed by the intersection of 19 vertical and 19 horizontal lines.
  • intransitive verb To move or travel; proceed.
  • intransitive verb To move away from a place; depart.
  • intransitive verb To pursue a certain course.
  • intransitive verb To resort to another, as for aid.
  • intransitive verb To extend between two points or in a certain direction; run.
  • intransitive verb To give entry; lead.
  • intransitive verb To function properly.
  • intransitive verb To have currency.
  • intransitive verb To pass from one person to another; circulate.
  • intransitive verb To pass as the result of a sale.
  • intransitive verb Informal Used as an intensifier or to indicate annoyance when joined by and to a coordinate verb.
  • intransitive verb Used in the progressive tense with an infinitive to indicate future intent or expectation.
  • intransitive verb To continue to be in a certain condition or continue an activity.
  • intransitive verb To come to be in a certain condition.
  • intransitive verb To continue to be in effect or operation.
  • intransitive verb To carry out an action to a certain point or extent.
  • intransitive verb To be called; be known.
  • intransitive verb To be customarily located; belong.
  • intransitive verb To be capable of entering or fitting.
  • intransitive verb To pass into someone's possession.
  • intransitive verb To be allotted.
  • intransitive verb To be a contributing factor.
  • intransitive verb To have a particular form.
  • intransitive verb To be such, by and large.
  • intransitive verb To extend in time.
  • intransitive verb To pass by; elapse.
  • intransitive verb To be used up or finished.
  • intransitive verb To be discarded or abolished.
  • intransitive verb To become weak; fail.
  • intransitive verb To give way; break up.
  • intransitive verb To cease living; die.
  • intransitive verb To happen or develop; fare.
  • intransitive verb To have a successful outcome.
  • intransitive verb To be suitable or appropriate as an accessory or accompaniment.
  • intransitive verb To have authority.
  • intransitive verb To be valid, acceptable, or adequate.
  • intransitive verb Informal To urinate or defecate.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Japanese, of Chinese origin, possibly from Early Middle Chinese (also the source of Mandarin ).]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gon, from Old English gān; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English gon, goo, from Old English gān ("to go"), from Proto-Germanic *gānan (“to go”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰēh₁- (“to leave”). Cognate with Scots ga ("to go"), West Frisian gean ("to go"), Dutch gaan ("to go"), German gehen ("to go"), Swedish  ("to go"), Danish  ("to go"). Compare also Albanian ngaj, Ancient Greek κιχάνω (kichanō, "to meet with, arrive at"), Avestan zazāmi, Sanskrit jáhāti). Inherited past tense forms (compare Old English ēode), however, have since the 15th century been replaced by forms from Old English wendan ("to go, depart, wend"); this process is called suppletion.

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  • Contronymic in the sense: thrive vs. die.

    January 27, 2007

  • In Japan, Speed Racer is called "Mach Go Go Go." "Go" means "five" and it's also the name of the main character, G�? Mifune (Speed).

    Thus, the title can be read a number of ways, such as "Mach 5, G�? Mifune, Go!"

    November 14, 2007

  • I wish I knew Japanese. Every time someone mentions things like this I get the idea that it's a delightful language, seemingly designed with wordplay in mind. I love the nuances, the layers of meaning. Even in silly cartoons. ;-)

    November 14, 2007

  • I can't believe Speed Racer is still around!

    November 14, 2007

  • Soon to be a major Hollywood picture, natch. With Matthew Fox as Racer X!

    November 15, 2007

  • A spokesman said: 'As prices go these days,

    this is considered more than reasonable.'

    - Peter Reading, Proposed Increases, from Fiction, 1979

    June 26, 2008

  • In NASA speak, the 'weather is 60%"go"'

    December 7, 2014