Synonyms of go in English:


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1‘she went forwards, step by step’

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’

extend, continue, carry on, stretch, reach

3‘the money raised will go to charity’

be given, be donated, be assigned, be allotted, be granted, be presented, be awarded
be applied, be devoted
be handed, be handed over, be turned over, be made over, be ceded

4‘it's time to go’

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

arrive, come, stay

5‘three years went past’

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’

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


7‘25 of their 80 staff have gone’

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

be stolen, be taken
go missing, disappear, be lost, be mislaid

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

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’

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’

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

12‘his hair had gone grey’

become, get, turn, grow, come to be
literary wax

13‘he heard the bell go’

sound, sound out, make a sound, make a noise, resound, reverberate
ring, chime, peal, toll, ding, clang

14‘everything went well’

turn out, work out, fare, progress, develop, come out
result, end, end up
informal pan out
rare eventuate

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

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

16‘my car won't go’

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

17‘where does the cutlery go?’

be kept, belong, have a place, be found, be located
be situated, lie, stand

18‘this all goes to prove my point’

contribute, help, serve
incline, tend


1‘his second go’

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’

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


    go through

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

    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’

    spend, use up, run through, get through, expend, consume, exhaust, deplete
    waste, fritter away, squander

    3‘he went through Susie's bag’

    search, look through, hunt through, rummage in, rummage through, rifle through, dig into, ferret in, ferret about in, ferret in, ferret around in, root about in, root around in, turn inside out
    informal frisk, inspect
    Australian, New Zealand informal fossick through

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

    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’

    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
    have a go at

    ‘his dad had had a real go at him’

    attack, censure, criticize, denounce, condemn, arraign, find fault with, lambast, 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 slur
    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 informal pummel, cut up, trash
    Australian, New Zealand informal bag
    dated rate
    archaic slash, vituperate against, reprobate
    rare animadvert on, objurgate, excoriate, asperse, derogate, reprehend
    go by

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

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


    go down

    1‘the ship went down in a storm’

    sink, be submerged, founder, go under

    2‘interest rates are going down’

    decrease, get lower, fall, drop, be reduced, decline
    plummet, plunge, fall off a cliff, slump


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

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


    4‘his name will go down in history’

    be remembered, be recorded, be commemorated, be immortalized
    go about

    ‘Ruth went about her tasks enthusiastically’

    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 on

    1‘the lecture went on for three hours’

    last, continue, carry on, run on, proceed
    endure, persist, stay, remain

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

    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’

    happen, take place, occur, transpire
    North American informal go down
    literary come to pass, betide, chance
    rare eventuate, hap
    on the go

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

    busy, occupied, employed, hard at work, wrapped up
    rushed off one's feet, rushed off one's feet with, hard-pressed
    at work, at work on, on the job, absorbed in, engrossed in, immersed in, preoccupied with
    active, lively, industrious, bustling, energetic, tireless
    informal busy as a bee, hard at it
    British informal on the hop
    go into

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

    investigate, examine, inquire into, look into, research, study, probe, explore, delve into, try to get to the bottom of
    discuss, consider, review, analyse, weigh up
    go away

    ‘just go away and leave me in peace’

    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, New Zealand informal rack off
    South African informal voetsak, hamba
    vulgar slang piss off, fuck off
    British vulgar slang sod off, bugger off
    literary begone, avaunt


    get going

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

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

    arrive, come, stay

    2‘the campaign got going in 1983’

    start, begin, get under way, go ahead
    informal kick off
    formal commence
    go for

    1‘I went for the grilled tuna’

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


    2‘he lost his temper and went for her’

    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’

    be attracted to, find attractive, like, fancy
    prefer, favour, choose, be drawn to, gravitate towards
    informal have a thing about


    go down with

    ‘she's gone down with flu’

    fall ill with, get, develop, contract, pick up, succumb to, fall victim to, be struck down with, become infected with
    informal take ill with
    North American informal take sick with
    go down well

    ‘the production went down well with the audience’

    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 in for

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

    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 back on

    ‘she went back on her promise’

    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 cop out, cop out of, rat on

    keep, honour

    go over

    1‘I need to go over the figures’

    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’

    rehearse, practise, read through, run through
    go along with

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

    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 out

    1‘the lights went out’

    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’

    see, 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
    get someone going

    ‘his letter to the editor really got me going’

    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
    go off

    1‘the bomb went off at 9.20’

    explode, detonate, blow up, burst, erupt
    informal go bang

    2‘the milk's gone off’

    go bad, go stale, go sour, turn, spoil, go rancid
    decompose, go mouldy, be rotten
    be past its sell-by date
    go round

    1‘the wheels were still going round’

    spin, revolve, turn, rotate, whirl

    2‘there's a nasty rumour going round’

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

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

    go bankrupt, cease trading, go into receivership, go into liquidation, become insolvent, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed, be closed down, be shut, be shut down
    informal go broke, go to the wall, go belly up, fold, flatline
    go without

    1‘I decided to go without breakfast’

    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’

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

    ‘we got the car going again after much trying’

    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