Definition of go verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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go

verb
ɡəʊ
 
; ɡoʊ
 
 
goes
ɡəʊz
 
; ɡoʊz
 
went
went
 
; went
 
gone
ɡɒn
 
; ɡɔːn
 
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Been is used as the past participle of go when somebody has gone somewhere and come back.
 

move/travel

1 [intransitive] to move or travel from one place to another+ adverb/preposition She went into her room and shut the door behind her.He goes to work by bus.I have to go to Rome on business.She has gone to China (= is now in China or is on her way there).She has been to China (= she went to China and has now returned).I think you should go to the doctor's.Are you going home for Christmas?go to do something She has gone to see her sister this weekend.
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In spoken English go can be used with and plus another verb to show purpose or to tell somebody what to do:
 
;
 
I'll go and answer the door.
 
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Go and get me a drink!
The and is sometimes left out, especially in North American English:
 
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Go ask your mom!
2 [intransitive] go (to something) (with somebody) to move or travel, especially with somebody else, to a particular place or in order to be present at an eventAre you going to Dave's party?Who else is going?His dog goes everywhere with him.3 [intransitive] to move or travel in a particular way or over a particular distance+ adverb/preposition He's going too fast.+ noun We had gone about fifty miles when the car broke down.4 [intransitive] go flying, skidding, etc. (+ adverb/preposition) to move in a particular way or while doing something elseThe car went skidding off the road into a ditch.She went sobbing up the stairs.She crashed into a waiter and his tray of drinks went flying.
 

leave

5 [intransitive] to leave one place in order to reach another
Synonym
depart
I must be going now.They came at six and went at nine.Has she gone yet?He's been gone an hour (= he left an hour ago).When does the train go?
6 [intransitive] go on something to leave a place and do something differentto go on a journey/a tour/a trip/a cruiseRichard has gone on leave for two weeks.
 

visit/attend

7 [intransitive] go to something to visit or attend a place for a particular purpose: (British English) I have to go to hospital for an operation. (North American English) I have to go to the hospital.to go to prison (= to be sent there as punishment for a crime)Do you go to church (= regularly attend church services)?
 

swimming/fishing/jogging, etc.

8 [intransitive] go (for) something to leave a place or travel to a place in order to take part in an activity or a sportto go for a walk/drive/swim/runShall we go for a drink (= at a pub or bar) after work?I have to go shopping this afternoon.We're going sailing on Saturday.
 

be sent

9 [intransitive] (+ adverb/preposition) to be sent or passed somewhereI want this memo to go to all managers.
 

lead

10 [intransitive] go (from…) (to…) to lead or extend from one place to anotherI want a rope that will go from the top window to the ground.Where does this road go?
 

place/space

11 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition to have as a usual or correct position; to be placedThis dictionary goes on the top shelf.Where do you want the piano to go (= be put)?12 [intransitive] will/would not go (in/into something) used to say that something does/did not fit into a particular place or spaceMy clothes won't all go in that one suitcase.He tried to push his hand through the gap but it wouldn't go.
 

numbers

13 [intransitive] if a number will go into another number, it is contained in that number an exact number of times(+ adjective) 3 into 12 goes 4 times.7 into 15 won't go. (North American English) 7 into 15 doesn't go.go into something 7 won't go into 15.
 

progress

14 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition used to talk about how well or badly something makes progress or succeeds‘How did your interview go?’ ‘It went very well, thank you.’Did everything go smoothly?How's it going (= is your life enjoyable, successful, etc. at the moment)?The way things are going the company will be bankrupt by the end of the year.
 

state/condition

15 [intransitive] used in many expressions to show that somebody/something has reached a particular state/is no longer in a particular statego to/into something She went to sleep.go out of something That colour has gone out of fashion.16 linking verb + adjective to become different in a particular way, especially a bad wayto go bald/blind/mad/bankrupt, etc.Her hair is going grey.This milk has gone sour.The children went wild with excitement.17 [intransitive] + adjective to live or move around in a particular stateto go naked/barefootShe cannot bear the thought of children going hungry.18 [intransitive] go unnoticed, unreported, etc. to not be noticed, reported, etcPolice are worried that many crimes go unreported.
 

song/story

19 [intransitive, transitive] used to talk about what tune or words a song or poem has or what happens in a story+ adverb/preposition How does that song go?I forget how the next line goes.go that… The story goes that she's been married five times.
 

sound/movement

20 [intransitive] to make a particular sound or movement+ noun The gun went ‘bang’.+ adverb/preposition She went like this with her hand.21 [intransitive] to be sounded as a signal or warningThe whistle went for the end of the game.
 

say

22 [transitive] + speech (informal) (used when telling a story) to sayI asked ‘How much?’ and he goes, ‘Fifty’ and I go, ‘Fifty? You must be joking!’
 

start

23 [intransitive] to start an activityI'll say ‘One, two, three, go!’ as a signal for you to start.As soon as he gets here we're ready to go.
 

machine

24 [intransitive] if a machine goes, it worksThis clock doesn't go.
 

disappear

25 [intransitive] to stop existing; to be lost or stolen
Synonym
disappear
Has your headache gone yet?I left my bike outside the library and when I came out again it had gone.
 

be thrown out

26 [intransitive] somebody/something must/has to/can go used to talk about wanting to get rid of somebody/somethingThe old sofa will have to go.He's useless—he'll have to go.
 

not work

27 [intransitive] to get worse; to become damaged or stop working correctlyHer sight is beginning to go.His mind is going (= he is losing his mental powers).I was driving home when my brakes went.
 

die

28 [intransitive] to die. People say go to avoid saying dieYou can't take your money with you when you go.
 

money

29 [intransitive] when money goes, it is spent or used for somethingI don't know where the money goes!go on something Most of my salary goes on the rent.go to do something The money will go to finance a new community centre.30 [intransitive] go (to somebody) (for something) to be soldWe won't let the house go for less than $200000.There was usually some bread going cheap(= being sold cheaply) at the end of the day.31 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition to be willing to pay a particular amount of money for somethingHe's offered £3000 for the car and I don't think he'll go any higher.I'll go to $1000 but that's my limit.
 

help

32 [intransitive] go to do something to help; to play a part in doing somethingThis all goes to prove my theory.It (= what has just happened)just goes to show you can't always tell how people are going to react.
 

be available

33 be going [intransitive] (informal) to be availableThere just aren't any jobs going in this area.
 

time

34 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition used to talk about how quickly or slowly time seems to passHasn't the time gone quickly?Half an hour went past while we were sitting there.
 

use toilet

35 [intransitive] (informal) to use a toiletDo you need to go, Billy?
Idioms
Most idioms containing go are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example go it alone is at alone. 

anything goes

(informal) anything that somebody says or does is accepted or allowed, however shocking or unusual it may beAlmost anything goes these days.

as people, things, etc. go

in comparison with the average person, thing, etc
As teachers go, he's not bad.

be going on (for) something

(British English) to be nearly a particular age, time or numberIt was going on (for) midnight.

be going to do something

1 used to show what somebody intends to do in the futureWe're going to buy a house when we've saved enough money.2 used to show that something is likely to happen very soon or in the futureI think I'm going to faint.If the drought continues there's going to be a famine.

don't go doing something

(informal) used to tell or warn somebody not to do somethingDon't go getting yourself into trouble.

enough/something to be going on with

(British English) something that is enough for a short time£50 should be enough to be going on with.

go all out for something

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go all out to do something

to make a very great effort to get something or do something

go and do something

used to show that you are angry or annoyed that somebody has done something stupid
Trust him to go and mess things up!Why did you have to go and upset your mother like that?You've really gone and done it(= done something very stupid) now!

go off on one

(British English, informal) to suddenly become very angryNow and again she really goes off on one.

go on (with you)

(old-fashioned) used to express the fact that you do not believe something, or that you disapprove of somethingGo on with you—you're never forty. You don't look a day over thirty.

(have) a lot, nothing, etc. going for you

(to have) many/not many advantages
You're young, intelligent, attractive—you have a lot going for you!

no go

(informal) not possible or allowedIf the bank won't lend us the money it's no go, I'm afraid. see also no-go area

not (even) go there

(informal) used to say that you do not want to talk about something in any more detail because you do not even want to think about itDon't ask me to choose. I don't want to go there.‘There was a problem with his parents, wasn't there?’ ‘Don't even go there!’

to go

1 remaining; still leftI only have one exam to go.2 (North American English, informal) if you buy cooked food to go in a restaurant or shop/store, you buy it to take away and eat somewhere elseTwo pizzas to go.

what goes around comes around

(saying)1 the way somebody behaves towards other people will affect the way those people behave towards them in the future2 something that is not fashionable now will become fashionable again in the future

where does somebody go from here?

used to ask what action somebody should take, especially in order to improve the difficult situation that they are in

who goes there?

used by a soldier who is guarding a place to order somebody to say who they are
Halt, who goes there?
Phrasal verbs

go about

(British English) = go around

go about something

to continue to do something; to keep busy with somethingDespite the threat of war, people went about their business as usual.

go about something

to start working on something
Synonym
tackle
You're not going about the job in the right way.go about doing something How should I go about finding a job?

go after somebody

to chase or follow somebodyHe went after the burglars.She left the room in tears so I went after her.

go after somebody/something

to try to get somebody/somethingWe're both going after the same job.

go against somebody

to not be in somebody's favour or not to their advantageThe jury's verdict went against him.

go against somebody/something

to resist or oppose somebody/somethingHe would not go against his parents' wishes.

go against something

to be opposed to something; to not fit or agree with somethingPaying for hospital treatment goes against her principles.His thinking goes against all logic.

go ahead

1 to travel in front of other people in your group and arrive before themI'll go ahead and tell them you're on the way.2 to happen; to be done
Synonym
proceed
The building of the new bridge will go ahead as planned. related noun go-ahead

go ahead (with something)

to begin to do something, especially when somebody has given permission or has expressed doubts or opposition‘May I start now?’ ‘Yes, go ahead.’The government intends to go ahead with its tax cutting plans

go along

1 to continue with an activityHe made up the story as he went along.2 to make progress; to developThings are going along nicely.

go along with somebody/something

to agree with somebody/somethingI don't go along with her views on private medicine.

go around/round

1 to spin or turnto go round in a circle2 to be enough for everyone to have one or someThere aren't enough chairs to go around.3 (British English also go about) to often be in a particular state or behave in a particular wayShe often goes around barefoot.go around/round doing something It's unprofessional to go round criticizing your colleagues.4 to spread from person to personThere's a rumour going around that they're having an affair.

go around/round (to…)

to visit somebody or a place that is nearI went round to the post office.I'm going around to my sister's (= her house) later.

go at somebody

to attack somebodyThey went at each other furiously.

go at something

to make great efforts to do something; to work hard at somethingThey went at the job as if their lives depended on it.

go away

1 to leave a person or placeJust go away!Go away and think about it, then let me know.2 to leave home for a period of time, especially for a holiday/vacationThey've gone away for a few days.I'm going away on business.3 to disappearThe smell still hasn't gone away.

go back

if two people go back a period of time (usually a long time), they have known each other for that timeDave and I go back twenty years.

go back (to…)

to return to a placeShe doesn't want to go back to her husband (= to live with him again).This toaster will have to go back (= be taken back to the shop/store where it was bought) —it's faulty.Of course we want to go back some day—it's our country, our real home.

go back (to something)

1 to consider something that happened or was said at an earlier timeCan I go back to what you said at the beginning of the meeting?Once you have made this decision, there will be no going back(= you will not be able to change your mind).2 to have existed since a particular time or for a particular periodTheir family goes back to the time of the Pilgrim Fathers.

go back on something

to fail to keep a promise; to change your mind about somethingHe never goes back on his word(= never fails to do what he has said he will do).

go back to something

to start doing something again that you had stopped doingThe kids go back to school next week.go back to something doing something She's decided to go back to teaching.

go before

to exist or happen in an earlier timeThe present crisis is worse than any that have gone before.

go before somebody/something

to be presented to somebody/something for discussion, decision or judgementMy application goes before the planning committee next week.

go beyond something

to be more than something
Synonym
exceed
This year's sales figures go beyond all our expectations (= are much better than we thought they would be).

go by

(of time) to passThings will get easier as time goes by.The weeks went slowly by.

go by something

to be guided by something; to form an opinion from somethingThat's a good rule to go by.If past experience is anything to go by, they'll be late.

go down

1 to fall to the groundShe tripped and went down with a bump.2 if a ship, etc.goes down, it disappears below the water
Synonym
sink
3 when the sun or moon goes down, it disappears below the horizon
Synonym
set
4 if food or drink will/will not go down, it is easy/difficult to swallowA glass of wine would go down very nicely (= I would very much like one).5 if the price of something, the temperature, etc.goes down, it becomes lower
Synonym
fall
The price of oil is going down.Oil is going down in price.
Opposite
go up
6 (informal) to get worse in qualityThe neighbourhood has gone down a lot recently.7 (computing) to stop working temporarilyThe system is going down in ten minutes.8 (North American English, informal) to happenYou really don't know what's going down?

go down (from…)

(British English, formal) to leave a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the end of a term or after finishing your studiesShe went down (from Cambridge) in 2008.
Opposite
go up (to…)

go down (in something)

to be written in something; to be recorded or remembered in somethingIt all goes down (= she writes it all) in her notebook.He will go down in history as a great statesman.

go down (on somebody)

(slang) to perform oral sex on somebody (= to use the mouth to give somebody sexual pleasure)

go down (to somebody)

to be defeated by somebody, especially in a game or competitionItaly went down to Brazil by three goals to one.

go down (to…) (from…)

to go from one place to another, especially further south or from a city or large town to a smaller placeThey've gone down to Brighton for a couple of days.
Opposite
go up

go down (with somebody)

to be received in a particular way by somebodyThe suggestion didn't go down very well with her boss.

go down with something

(especially British English) to become ill/sick with something
Synonym
catch
Our youngest boy has gone down with chickenpox.

go for somebody

to attack somebodyShe went for him with a knife.

go for somebody/something

1 to apply to somebody/somethingWhat I said about Peter goes for you, too.They have a high level of unemployment—but the same goes for many other countries.2 to go to a place and bring somebody/something backShe's gone for some milk.3 (informal) to be attracted by somebody/something; to like or prefer somebody/somethingShe goes for tall slim men.I don't really go for modern art.

go for something

1 to choose somethingI think I'll go for the fruit salad.2 to put a lot of effort into something, so that you get or achieve somethingGo for it, John! You know you can beat him.It sounds a great idea.Go for it!

go in

1 to enter a room, house, etcLet's go in, it's getting cold.2 if the sun or moon goes in, it disappears behind a cloud

go in for something

1 (British English) to take an exam or enter a competitionShe's going in for the Cambridge First Certificate.2 to have something as an interest or a hobbyShe doesn't go in for team sports.

go in with somebody

to join somebody in starting a businessMy brothers are opening a garage and they want me to go in with them.

go into something

1 (of a vehicle) to hit something violentlyThe car skidded and went into a tree.2 (of a vehicle or driver) to start moving in a particular wayThe plane went into a nosedive.3 to join an organization, especially in order to have a career in itto go into the Army/the Church/Parliamentto go into teaching4 to begin to do something or behave in a particular wayHe went into a long explanation of the affair.5 to examine something carefullyWe need to go into the question of costs.6 (of money, time, effort, etc.) to be spent on something or used to do somethingMore government money needs to go into the project.go into something doing something Years of work went into researching the book.

go off

1 to leave a place, especially in order to do somethingShe went off to get a drink.2 to be fired; to explodeThe gun went off by accident.The bomb went off in a crowded street.3 if an alarm, etc.goes off, it makes a sudden loud noise4 if a light, the electricity, etc.goes off, it stops workingSuddenly the lights went off.The heating goes off at night.
Opposite
go on
5 (British English, informal) to fall asleepHasn't the baby gone off yet?6 (British English) if food or drink goes off, it becomes bad and not fit to eat or drink7 (British English) to get worse in qualityHer books have gone off in recent years.8 to happen in a particular wayThe meeting went off well.

go off (on somebody)

(North American English, informal) to suddenly become angry with somebodyHe just went off on her and started yelling.

go off somebody/something

(British English, informal) to stop liking somebody/something or lose interest in themJane seems to be going off Paul.I've gone off beer.

go off with somebody

to leave your husband, wife, partner, etc. in order to have a relationship with somebody elseHe went off with his best friend's wife.

go off with something

to take away from a place something that does not belong to youHe went off with $10000 of the company's money.

go on

1 when a performer goes on, they begin their performanceShe doesn't go on until Act 2.2 (in sport) to join a team as a substitute during a gameWalcott went on in place of Rooney just before half-time.3 when a light, the electricity, etc.goes on, it starts to workSuddenly all the lights went on.
Opposite
go off
4 (of time) to passShe became more and more talkative as the evening went on.5 usually be going on to happenWhat's going on here?6 if a situation goes on, it continues without changingThis cannot be allowed to go on.How much longer will this hot weather go on for?We can't go on like this—we seem to be always arguing.7 to continue speaking, often after a short pauseShe hesitated for a moment and then went on.+ speech ‘You know,’ he went on, ‘I think my brother could help you.’8 used to encourage somebody to do somethingGo on! Have another drink!Go on—jump!

go on (ahead)

to travel in front of somebody elseYou go on ahead—I'll catch you up in a few minutes.

go on something

(used in negative sentences and questions) to base an opinion or a judgement on somethingThe police don't have much to go on.

go on (about somebody/something)

(informal) to talk about somebody/something for a long time, especially in a boring or complaining wayHe went on and on about how poor he was.She does go on sometimes!

go on (at somebody)

(informal, especially British English) to complain to somebody about their behaviour, work, etc.
Synonym
criticize
She goes on at him continually.

go on (with something)

to continue an activity, especially after a pause or breakThat's enough for now—let's go on with it tomorrow.

go on doing something

to continue an activity without stoppingHe said nothing but just went on working.

go on to something

to pass from one item to the nextLet's go on to the next item on the agenda.

go on to do something

to do something after completing something elseThe book goes on to describe his experiences in the army.After her early teaching career she went on to become a doctor.

go out

1 to leave your house to go to a social eventShe goes out a lot.go out doing something He goes out drinking most evenings.2 when the tide goes out, it moves away from the land
Synonym
ebb
Opposite
come in
3 to be sentHave the invitations gone out yet?4 (British English) when a radio or television programme goes out, it is broadcast5 when news or information goes out, it is announced or publishedgo that… Word went out that the director had resigned6 if a fire or light goes out, it stops burning or shining

go out (of something)

1 to fail to reach the next stage of a competition, etcShe went out of the tournament in the first round.2 to be no longer fashionable or generally usedThose skirts went out years ago.

go out of somebody/something

(of a quality or a feeling) to be no longer present in somebody/something; to disappear from somebody/somethingAll the fight seemed to go out of him.The heat has gone out of the argument.

go out to somebody

if your thoughts, etc.go out to somebody, you think about them in a kind way and hope that the difficult situation that they are in will get better

go out with somebody

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go out (together)

(especially of young people) to spend time with somebody and have a romantic or sexual relationship with themTom has been going out with Lucy for six weeks.How long have Tom and Lucy been going out together?

go over something

1 to examine or check something carefullyGo over your work before you hand it in.2 to study something carefully, especially by repeating itHe went over the events of the day in his mind (= thought about them carefully).

go over (to…)

to move from one place to another, especially when this means crossing something such as a room, town or cityHe went over and shook hands with his guests.Many Irish people went over to America during the famine.

go over to somebody/something

(in broadcasting) to change to a different person or place for the next part of a broadcastWe are now going over to the news desk for an important announcement.

go over to something

to change from one side, opinion, habit, etc. to anotherTwo Conservative MPs have gone over to the Liberal Democrats.

go over (with somebody)

(North American English) to be received in a particular way by somebodyThe news of her promotion went over well with her colleagues.

go round

= go around

go round (to…)

= go around (to…)

go through

if a law, contract, etc.goes through, it is officially accepted or completedThe deal did not go through.

go through something

1 to look at or examine something carefully, especially in order to find somethingI always start the day by going through my email.She went through the company's accounts, looking for evidence of fraud.2 to study or consider something in detail, especially by repeating itLet's go through the arguments again.Could we go through (= practise) Act 2 once more?3 to perform a series of actions; to follow a method or procedureCertain formalities have to be gone through before you can emigrate.4 to experience or suffer somethingShe's been going through a bad patch recently.He's amazingly cheerful considering all he's had to go through.5 to use up or finish something completelyThe boys went through two whole loaves of bread.

go through with something

to do what is necessary to complete a course of action, especially one that is difficult or unpleasantShe decided not to go through with (= not to have) the operation.

go to somebody/something

to be given to somebody/somethingProceeds from the concert will go to charity.All her property went to her eldest son (= when she died).

go together

= go with something

go towards something

to be used as part of the payment for somethingThe money will go towards a new car.go towards doing something Part of my pay cheque went towards buying an MP3 player.

go under

1 (of something that floats) to sink below the surface2 (informal) to become bankrupt (= be unable to pay what you owe)The firm will go under unless business improves.

go up

1 to be builtNew office buildings are going up everywhere.2 when the curtain across the stage in a theatre goes up, it is raised or opened3 to be destroyed by fire or an explosionThe whole building went up in flames.4 if the price of something, the temperature, etc.goes up, it becomes higher
Synonym
rise
The price of cigarettes is going up.Cigarettes are going up in price.
Opposite
go down

go up (to…)

(British English, formal) to arrive at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge, at the beginning of a term or in order to begin your studiesShe went up (to Oxford) in 2008.
Opposite
go down (from…)

go up (to…) (from…)

to go from one place to another, especially further north or to a city or large town from a smaller placeWhen are you next going up to Scotland?We went up to London last weekend.
Opposite
go down

go with somebody

1 (old-fashioned, informal) to have a sexual or romantic relationship with somebody2 (informal) to have sex with somebody

go with something

1 to be included with or as part of somethingA car goes with the job.2 to agree to accept something, for example a plan or an offerYou're offering £500? I think we can go with that.3 (also go (together)) to combine well with something
Synonym
match
Does this jacket go with this skirt?Those colours don't really go (together).
4 (also go together) to exist at the same time or in the same place as something; to be found togetherDisease often goes with poverty.Disease and poverty often go together.

go without (something)

to manage without something that you usually have or needThere wasn't time for breakfast, so I had to go without.How long can a human being go (= survive) without sleep?go without doing something She went without eating for three days.
Usage noteUsage note: agreeaccept approve go along with somebody/something consentThese words all mean to say that you will do what somebody wants or that you will allow something to happen.agree to say that you will do what somebody wants or that you will allow something to happen:He agreed to let me go early.accept to be satisfied with something that has been done, decided or suggested:They accepted the court's decision.approve to officially agree to a plan, suggestion or request:The committee unanimously approved the plan.go along with somebody/something (rather informal) to agree to something that somebody else has decided; to agree with somebody else's ideas:She just goes along with everything he suggests.consent (rather formal) to agree to something or give your permission for something:She finally consented to answer our questions.to agree/consent to somethingto agree/consent to do somethingto agree to/accept/approve/go along with/consent to a plan/proposalto agree to/accept/approve a requestUsage noteUsage note: become / get / go / turnThese verbs are used frequently with the following adjectives:
become ~get ~go ~turn ~
involvedused towrongblue
clearbetterrightsour
accustomedworsebadbad
pregnantpregnantwhitered
extincttiredcrazycold
famousangrybald
illdarkblind
Become is more formal than get. Both describe changes in people’s emotional or physical state, or natural or social changes.Go is usually used for negative changes.Go and turn are both used for changes of colour.Turn is also used for changes in the weather.
Usage noteUsage note: checkexamine inspect go over somethingThese words all mean to look closely to make sure that everything is correct, in good condition, or acceptable.check to look at something closely to make sure that everything is correct, in good condition, safe or satisfactory:Check your work before handing it in.examine to look at somebody/something closely to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem:The goods were examined for damage on arrival.inspect to look at somebody/something closely to make sure that everything is satisfactory; to officially visit a school, factory, etc. in order to check that rules are being obeyed and that standards are acceptable:Make sure you inspect the goods before signing for them. The Tourist Board inspects all recommended hotels at least once a year.check, examine or inspect?All these words can be used when you are looking for possible problems, but only check is used for mistakes:Examine/Inspect your work before handing it in. Only examine is used when looking for the cause of a problem:The doctor checked/inspected her but could find nothing wrong. Examine is used more often about a professional person:The surveyor examined the walls for signs of damp.Inspect is used more often about an official:Public health officials were called in to inspect the restaurant.go over something to check something carefully for mistakes, damage or anything dangerous:Go over your work for spelling mistakes before you hand it in.to check/examine/inspect/go over (something) for somethingto check/examine/inspect/go over something to see if/whether…to check/examine/inspect/go over something carefully/thoroughlyUsage noteUsage note: chooseselect pick decide opt go forThese words all mean to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available.choose to decide which thing or person you want out of the ones that are available:You choose—I can't decide.select [often passive] to choose somebody/something, usually carefully, from a group of people or things:He was selected for the team. a randomly selected sample of 23 schoolspick (rather informal) to choose somebody/something from a group of people or things:She picked the best cake for herself.choose, select or pick?Choose is the most general of these words and the only one that can be used without an object. When you select something, you choose it carefully, unless you actually say that it is selected randomly/at random. Pick is a more informal word and often a less careful action, used especially when the choice being made is not very important.decide to choose between two or more possibilities:We're still trying to decide on a venue.opt to choose to take or not to take a particular course of action:After graduating she opted for a career in music. After a lot of thought, I opted against buying a motorbike.go for something (rather informal) to choose something:I think I'll go for the fruit salad.to choose/select/pick/decide between A and/or Bto choose/select/pick A from Bto opt/go for somebody/somethingto choose/decide/opt to do somethingto choose/select/pick somebody/something carefully/at randomrandomly chosen/selected/pickedUsage noteUsage note: explodeblow up go off burst erupt detonateThese are all words that can be used when something bursts apart violently, causing damage or injury.explode to burst loudly and violently, causing damage; to make something burst in this way:The jet smashed into a hillside and exploded. The bomb was exploded under controlled conditions.blow (something) up to be destroyed by an explosion; to destroy something by an explosion:A police officer was killed when his car blew up.go off (of a bomb) to explode; (of a gun) to be fired:The bomb went off in a crowded street. When used about guns, the choice of go off (instead of ‘be fired’) can suggest that the gun was fired by accident.burst to break open or apart, especially because of pressure from inside; to make something break in this way:That balloon's going to burst.erupt (of a volcano) to throw out burning rocks and smoke; (of burning rocks and smoke) to be thrown out of a volcano.detonate (rather formal) (of a bomb) to explode; to make a bomb explode:Two other bombs failed to detonate.a bomb explodes/blows up/goes off/bursts/detonatesa car/plane/vehicle explodes/blows upa firework/rocket explodes/goes offUsage noteUsage note: returncome back go back get back turn backThese words all mean to come or go back from one place to another.return to come or go back from one place to another:I waited a long time for him to return. Return is slightly more formal than the other words in this group, and is used more often in writing or formal speech.come back to return. Come back is usually used from the point of view of the person or place that somebody returns to:Come back and visit again soon!go back to return to the place you recently or originally came from or that you have been to before. Go back is usually used from the point of view of the person who is returning:Do you ever want to go back to China?get back to arrive back somewhere, especially at your home or the place where you are staying:What time did you get back last night?turn back to return the way that you came, especially because something stops you from continuing:The weather got so bad that we had to turn back.to return/come back/go back/get back to/from/with somethingto return/come back/go back/get back/turn back againto return/come back/go back/get back home/to workto return/come back/get back safely