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



    BrE BrE//ɡəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡoʊ//
    (pl. goes
    BrE BrE//ɡəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡoʊz//
    Board games
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  1. 1[countable] (British English) (also turn North American English, British English) a person’s turn to move or play in a game or an activity Whose go is it? It's your go. ‘How much is it to play?’ ‘It's 50p a go.’ Can I have a go on your new bike? See related entries: Board games
  2. 2[countable] (also try) an attempt at doing something It took three goes to get it right. I doubt if he'll listen to advice from me, but I'll give it a go (= I'll try but I don't think I will succeed).
  3. 3[uncountable] (British English) energy and enthusiasm Mary's always got plenty of go. see also get-up-and-go
  4. Word OriginOld English gān, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gaan and German gehen; the form went was originally the past tense of wend.Extra examples ‘How much is it to play?’ ‘It’s 50p a go.’ I doubt if he’ll listen to advice from me, but I’ll give it a go. It’s your go. You should have a go at answering all the questions.Idioms (British English) in one single attempt or try She blew out the candles at one go. (British English, informal) to be very busy or full of activity It was all go in the office today. (North American English, informal) to be planned and possible or allowed I'm not sure if Friday's trip is a go.
    be on the go (also be on the move)
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    (informal) to be very active and busy I've been on the go all day. Having four children keeps her on the go.
    (British English) at the first, second, etc. attempt I passed my driving test first go. (informal, especially British English) to attack somebody physically There were about seven of them standing round him, all waiting to have a go.
    have a go (at something/at doing something)
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    to make an attempt to do something ‘I can't start the engine.’ ‘Let me have a go.’ I'll have a go at fixing it tonight.
    (informal, British English) to criticize somebody or complain about somebody The boss had a go at me for being late for work. The government are always having a go at teachers.
    have something on the go
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    (British English, informal) to be in the middle of an activity or a project The award-winning novelist often has three or four books on the go at once.
    (informal) all together on one occasion I'd rather do the journey in one go, and not stop on the way. They ate the packet of biscuits all in one go.
    leave go (of something)
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    (British English, informal) to stop holding on to something synonym let go Leave go of my arm—you're hurting me!
      let somebody/something go, let go (of somebody/something)
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    1. 1  to stop holding somebody/something Don't let the rope go. Don't let go of the rope. Let go! You're hurting me!
    2. 2to give up an idea or an attitude, or control of something It's time to let the past go. It's time to let go of the past.
    (informal) to be successful in something We've had a few problems in our marriage, but we're both determined to make a go of it.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: go