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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Go
  1. To pass from one place to another; to be in motion; to be in a state not motionless or at rest; to proceed; to advance; to make progress; -- used, in various applications, of the movement of both animate and inanimate beings, by whatever means, and also of the movements of the mind; also figuratively applied.
  2. To move upon the feet, or step by step; to walk; also, to walk step by step, or leisurely.
  3. To be passed on fron one to another; to pass; to circulate; hence, with for, to have currency; to be taken, accepted, or regarded."The man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul." [1 Sa. xvii. 12.]"The money] should go according to its true value." [Locke.]
  4. To proceed or happen in a given manner; to fare; to move on or be carried on; to have course; to come to an issue or result; to succeed; to turn out."How goes the night, boy ?" [Shak.]"I think, as the world goes, he was a good sort of man enough." [Arbuthnot.]"Whether the cause goes for me or against me, you must pay me the reward." [I Watts.]
  5. To proceed or tend toward a result, consequence, or product; to tend; to conduce; to be an ingredient; to avail; to apply; to contribute; -- often with the infinitive; as, this goes to show."Against right reason all your counsels go." [Dryden.]"To master the foul flend there goeth some complement knowledge of theology." [Sir W. Scott.]
  6. To apply one's self; to set one's self; to undertake."Seeing himself confronted by so many, like a resolute orator, he went not to denial, but to justify his cruel falsehood." [Sir P. Sidney.]
  7. To proceed by a mental operation; to pass in mind or by an act of the memory or imagination; -- generally with over or through."By going over all these particulars, you may receive some tolerable satisfaction about this great subject." [South.]
  8. To be with young; to be pregnant; to gestate."The fruit she goes with, I pray for heartily, that it may find Good time, and live." [Shak.]
  9. To move from the person speaking, or from the point whence the action is contemplated; to pass away; to leave; to depart; -- in opposition to stay and come."I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God; . . . only ye shall not go very far away." [Ex. viii. 28.]
  10. To pass away; to depart forever; to be lost or ruined; to perish; to decline; to decease; to die."By Saint George, he's gone! That spear wound hath our master sped." [Sir W. Scott.]
  11. To reach; to extend; to lead; as, a line goes across the street; his land goes to the river; this road goes to New York. "His amorous expressions go no further than virtue may allow." [Dryden.]
  12. To have recourse; to resort; as, to go to law.

Note: ☞ In old writers go is much used as opposed to run, or ride. “Whereso I go or ride.” Chaucer. "You know that love Will creep in service where it can not go." Shak. "Thou must run to him; for thou hast staid so long that going will scarce serve the turn." Shak. "He fell from running to going, and from going to clambering upon his hands and his knees." Bunyan.

Note: ☞ In Chaucer go is used frequently with the pronoun in the objective used reflexively; as, he goeth him home.

Note: Go, in this sense, is often used in the present participle with the auxiliary verb to be, before an infinitive, to express a future of intention, or to denote design; as, I was going to say; I am going to begin harvest.

Note: Go is used, in combination with many prepositions and adverbs, to denote motion of the kind indicated by the preposition or adverb, in which, and not in the verb, lies the principal force of the expression; as, to go against to go into, to go out, to go aside, to go astray, etc.

Etymology: OE. gan gon, AS. gān, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn gehen, OHG. gēn gān, SW. , Dan. gaae; cf. Gr. kicha`nai to reach, overtake, Skr. to go, AS. gangan, and E. gang. The past tense in AS., eode, is from the root i to go, as is also Goth. iddja went. √47a. Cf. Gang (v. i.) Wend

verb Go
  1. To take, as a share in an enterprise; to undertake or become responsible for; to bear a part in."They to go equal shares in the booty." [L'Estrange.]
  2. To bet or wager; as, I'll go you a shilling.(Colloq)
noun Go
  1. Act; working; operation.(Obs)"So gracious were the goes of marriage." [Marston.]
  2. A circumstance or occurrence; an incident.(Slang)"This is a pretty go." [Dickens.]
  3. The fashion or mode; as, quite the go .(Colloq)
  4. Noisy merriment; as, a high go .(Colloq)
  5. A glass of spirits.(Slang)
  6. Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance; push; as, there is no go in him.(Colloq)
  7. [Cribbage] That condition in the course of the game when a player can not lay down a card which will not carry the aggregate count above thirty-one.
  8. Something that goes or is successful; a success; as, he made a go of it; also, an agreement."“Well,” said Fleming, “is it a go?”" [Bret Harte.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A board game for two players who place counters on a grid; the object is to surround and so capture the opponent's counters
  2. A usually brief attempt
  3. Street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
  4. A time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) ("it's my go")
  5. Enter or assume a certain state or condition ("Get going!")
  6. Follow a certain course ("how did your interview go?")
  7. Pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  8. Be abolished or discarded ("These ugly billboards have to go!" and "These luxuries all had to go under the Khmer Rouge")
  9. Stop operating or functioning
  10. Progress by being changed ("The speech has to go through several more drafts")
  11. Give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
  12. Have a turn; make one's move in a game ("Can I go now?")
  13. To be spent or finished ("The money had gone after a few days")
  14. Be spent
  15. Go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
  16. Perform as expected when applied ("The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in")
  17. Change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically ("How fast does your new car go?")
  18. Move away from a place into another direction ("Go away before I start to cry")
  19. Begin or set in motion ("Ready, set, go!")
  20. Make a certain noise or sound
  21. Follow a procedure or take a course ("We should go farther in this matter", "go about the world in a certain manner", and "Messages must go through diplomatic channels")
  22. Pass, fare, or elapse; of a certain state of affairs or action ("How is it going?" and "The day went well until I got your call")
  23. Be or continue to be in a certain condition
  24. Continue to live and avoid dying
  25. Be awarded; be allotted ("The first prize goes to Mary")
  26. Be the right size or shape; fit correctly or as desired
  27. Stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point ("His knowledge doesn't go very far")
  28. Lead, extend, or afford access ("This door goes to the basement")
  29. Blend or harmonize ("This sofa won't go with the chairs")
  30. Be sounded, played, or expressed ("How does this song go again?")
  31. Be contained in ("How many times does 18 go into 54?")
  32. Have a particular form ("as the saying goes...")
  33. Be ranked or compare ("This violinist is as good as Juilliard-trained violinists go")
  34. Be in the right place or situation ("Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government" and "Where do these books go?")
  35. Functioning correctly and ready for action ("all systems are go")
  1. (games) An ancient Chinese board game, played with 181 black stones and 180 white ones, typically on a board of 19 × 19 squares.
  2. (computer languages) A compiled, garbage-collected, concurrent programming language developed by Google.

Go was also found in the following language(s): French, German, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Go

Go Ara is an actor, model (people), actress, and model. Her career lasted from 2003 to 2003. Go was born on February 11th, 1990 in Jinju.


Go Kyung-pyo is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2010. Go was born on June 11th, 1990 in South Korea. Go is also known as Ko Kyung-pyo.


Go Joon-hee is an actor and actress. Go was given the name Kim Eun-joo on August 31st, 1985 in Seoul. Go is also known as Ko, Jun-hee; Koh, and Joon-hee.


Go Ah-sung is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Go was born on August 10th, 1992 in Seoul. Go is also known as Ko A-sung (alt spelling).


Go Soo is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1998. Go was born on October 4th, 1978 in Nonsan.


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Notable Persons With the Last Name Go

Rachelle Ann Go is a musician. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Rachelle was given the name Rachelle Ann Villalobos Go on August 31st, 1986 in Pasig. Rachelle is also known as Shin.


Her most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Bea was given the name Beanca Marie Binene Go on November 4th, 1997 in Quezon City. Bea is also known as Bea.


Gary Go is a musician. Gary was born in 1985.


Hiromi Go is a pop music, kayōkyoku, and contemporary r&b singing and actor. His ongoing career started in 1972. Hiromi was given the name Hiromi Haratake on October 18th, 1955.


Betty Go-Belmonte was a journalist and newspaper publisher. Betty was given the name Billie Mary Go on December 31st, 1933 in Santa Mesa. She breathed her last breath on January 28th, 1994.


Hasset was given the name Pahar Pangcoga on August 8th, 1986 in Oroquieta. Hasset is also known as Chef Hasset. He died on October 24th, 2015.


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Popularity of Go as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Go U.S.
  White 6.18% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 86.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.55% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Go

People with the last name Go are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Go

  • How Popular is the name Go? Go is the 83,541st most popular name of all time. As a last name Go was the 7,607th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Go have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Go in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Go? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2017 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Go first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Go is Monday, February 15th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Go born? The highest recorded use of the first name Go was in 2017 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Go: Your name in reverse order is Og. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Og. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Go? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,370 people with the last name Go.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Go? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Go as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.