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[4]     ( goes    3rd person present)   ( going    present participle)   ( went    past tense)   ( gone    past participle  )   (PHRASAL VERBS)   go about  
1       phrasal verb   The way you go about a task or problem is the way you approach it and deal with it.  
I want him back, but I just don't know how to go about it.      V P n/-ing  
2       phrasal verb   When you are going about your normal activities, you are doing them.  
We were simply going about our business when we were pounced upon by these police officers.      V P n  
3       phrasal verb   If you go about in a particular way, you behave or dress in that way, often as part of your normal life.   (=go around)  
He used to go about in a black cape...      V P prep  
He went about looking ill and unhappy.      V P -ing   go after             phrasal verb   If you go after    something, you try to get it, catch it, or hit it.      
We're not going after civilian targets.      V P n   go against  
1       phrasal verb   If a person or their behaviour goes against your wishes, beliefs, or expectations, their behaviour is the opposite of what you want, believe in, or expect.  
Changes are being made here which go against my principles and I cannot agree with them.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If a decision, vote, or result goes against you, you do not get the decision, vote, or result that you wanted.  
The prime minister will resign if the vote goes against him...      V P n   go ahead  
1       phrasal verb   If someone goes aheadwith something, they begin to do it or make it, especially after planning, promising, or asking permission to do it.  
The district board will vote today on whether to go ahead with the plan.      V P with n  
2       phrasal verb   If a process or an organized event goes ahead, it takes place or is carried out.  
The event will go ahead as planned in Sheffield next summer.      V P   go along  
1       phrasal verb   If you go alongto a meeting, event, or place, you attend or visit it.  
I went along to the meeting...      V P to n  
You should go along and have a look.      V P and inf  
2       phrasal verb   If you describe how something is going along, you describe how it is progressing.  
usu cont  
Things were going along fairly well.      V P adv   go along with  
1       phrasal verb   If you go along with a rule, decision, or policy, you accept it and obey it.  
Whatever the majority decided I was prepared to go along with.      V P P n  
2       phrasal verb   If you go along with a person or an idea, you agree with them.  
`I don't think a government has properly done it for about the past twenty-five years.'—`I'd go along with that.'      V P P n   go around  
in BRIT, also use go round     
1       phrasal verb   If you go aroundto someone's house, you go to visit them at their house.  
I asked them to go around to the house to see if they were there...      V P to n  
Mike went round to see them.      V P to-inf  
2       phrasal verb   If you go around in a particular way, you behave or dress in that way, often as part of your normal life.   (=go about)  
I had got in the habit of going around with bare feet...      V P prep  
If they went around complaining publicly, they might not find it so easy to get another job.      V P -ing, Also V P adj  
3       phrasal verb   If a piece of news or a joke is going around, it is being told by many people in the same period of time.  
There's a nasty sort of rumour going around about it.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   If there is enough of something togo around, there is enough of it to be shared among a group of people, or to do all the things for which it is needed.  
Eventually we will not have enough water to go around.      V P   go away  
1       phrasal verb   If you go away, you leave a place or a person's company.  
I think we need to go away and think about this.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you go away, you leave a place and spend a period of time somewhere else, especially as a holiday.  
Why don't you and I go away this weekend?      V P   go back  
1       phrasal verb   If something goes backto a particular time in the past, it was made or started at that time.   (=date back)  
The feud with the Catholics goes back to the 11th century...      V P to n  
Our association with him goes back four years.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If someone goes backto a time in the past, they begin to discuss or consider events that happened at that time.  
If you go back to 1960, you'll find that very few jobs were being created.      V P to n, Also V P n   go back on      phrasal verb   If you go back on a promise or agreement, you do not do what you promised or agreed to do.  
The budget crisis has forced the President to go back on his word.      V P P n   go back to  
1       phrasal verb   If you go back to a task or activity, you start doing it again after you have stopped doing it for a period of time.  
I now look forward to going back to work as soon as possible...      V P P n/-ing  
Amy went back to studying.      V P P n/-ing  
2       phrasal verb   If you go back to a particular point in a lecture, discussion, or book, you start to discuss it.  
Let me just go back to the point I was making.      V P P n   go before  
1       phrasal verb   Something that hasgone before has happened or been discussed at an earlier time.  
This is a rejection of most of what has gone before.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   To go before a judge, tribunal, or court of law means to be present there as part of an official or legal process.  
The case went before Mr Justice Henry on December 23 and was adjourned.      V P n   go by  
1       phrasal verb   If you say that time goes by, you mean that it passes.   (=go on)  
My grandmother was becoming more and more sad and frail as the years went by.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you go by something, you use it as a basis for a judgment or action.  
If they prove that I was wrong, then I'll go by what they say.      V P n   go down  
1       phrasal verb   If a price, level, or amount goes down, it becomes lower or less than it was.   (=fall)  
Income from sales tax went down...      V P  
Crime has gone down 70 percent...      V P amount  
Average life expectancy went down from about 70 to 67.      V P from/to/by n  
2       phrasal verb   If you go downon your knees or on all fours, you lower your body until it is supported by your knees, or by your hands and knees.   (=get down)  
I went down on my knees and prayed for guidance.      V P on n  
3       phrasal verb   In sport, if a person or team goes down, they are defeated in a match or contest.   (=lose)  
They went down 2-1 to Australia.      V P num, Also V P  
4       phrasal verb   If you say that a remark, idea, or type of behaviour goes down in a particular way, you mean that it gets a particular kind of reaction from a person or group of people.  
Solicitors advised their clients that a tidy look went down well with the magistrates.      V P adv  
5       phrasal verb   When the sun goes down, it goes below the horizon.   (=set)  
...the glow left in the sky after the sun has gone down.      V P  
6       phrasal verb   If a ship goes down, it sinks. If a plane goes down, it crashes out of the sky.  
Their aircraft went down during a training exercise.      V P  
7       phrasal verb   If a computer goes down, it stops functioning temporarily.  
The main computers went down for 30 minutes.      V P   go down as      phrasal verb   If you say that an event or action will go down as a particular thing, you mean that it will be regarded, remembered, or recorded as that thing.  
It will go down as one of the highlights of my career...      V P P n   go down with      phrasal verb   If you go down with an illness or a disease, you catch it.  
INFORMAL   Three members of the band went down with flu.      V P P n   go for  
1       phrasal verb   If you go for a particular thing or way of doing something, you choose it.  
People tried to persuade him to go for a more gradual reform programme.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If you go for someone or something, you like them very much.  
INFORMAL   I tend to go for large dark men.      V P n  
3       phrasal verb   If you go for someone, you attack them.  
Pantieri went for him, gripping him by the throat.      V P n  
4       phrasal verb   If you say that a statement you have made about one person or thing also goes for another person or thing, you mean that the statement is also true of this other person or thing.  
It is illegal to dishonour bookings; that goes for restaurants as well as customers.      V P n  
5       phrasal verb   If something goes for a particular price, it is sold for that amount.   (=fetch)  
Some old machines go for as much as 35,000 pounds.      go in      phrasal verb   If the sun goes in, a cloud comes in front of it and it can no longer be seen.  
  (BRIT, Antonym: come out)  
The sun went in, and the breeze became cold.      V P   go in for      phrasal verb   If you go in for a particular activity, you decide to do it as a hobby or interest.  
They go in for tennis and bowls.      V P P n   go into  
1       phrasal verb   If you go into something, you describe or examine it fully or in detail.  
It was a private conversation and I don't want to go into details about what was said.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If you go into something, you decide to do it as your job or career.  
Mr Pok has now gone into the tourism business.      V P n  
3       phrasal verb   If an amount of time, effort, or money goes into something, it is spent or used to do it, get it, or make it.  
Is there a lot of effort and money going into this sort of research?      V P n   go off  
1       phrasal verb   If you go off someone or something, you stop liking them.  
INFORMAL   `Why have they gone off him now?'—`It could be something he said.'...      V P n  
I started to go off the idea.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If an explosive device or a gun goes off, it explodes or fires.  
A few minutes later the bomb went off, destroying the vehicle.      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If an alarm bell goes off, it makes a sudden loud noise.  
Then the fire alarm went off. I just grabbed my clothes and ran out.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   If an electrical device goes off, it stops operating.  
As the water came in the windows, all the lights went off.      V P  
5       phrasal verb   If you say how an organized event went off, you are saying whether everything happened in the way that was planned or hoped.  
The meeting went off all right...      V P adv/prep  
6       phrasal verb   Food or drink that hasgone off has gone bad.  
Don't eat that! It's mouldy. It's gone off!      V P   go off with  
1       phrasal verb   If someone goes off with another person, they leave their husband, wife, or lover and have a relationship with that person.  
I suppose Carolyn went off with some man she'd fallen in love with.      V P P n  
2       phrasal verb   If someone goes off with something that belongs to another person, they leave and take it with them.  
He's gone off with my passport.      V P P n   go on  
1       phrasal verb   If you go on doing something, or go on with an activity, you continue to do it.   (=carry on)  
Unemployment is likely to go on rising this year...      V P -ing  
I'm all right here. Go on with your work...      V P with n  
I don't want to leave, but I can't go on.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If something is going on, it is happening.  
I don't know what's going on.      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If a process or institution goes on, it continues to happen or exist.  
The population failed to understand the necessity for the war to go on.      V P  
4       phrasal verb   If you say that a period of time goes on, you mean that it passes.   (=go by)  
Renewable energy will become progressively more important as time goes on.      V P  
5       phrasal verb   If you go onto do something, you do it after you have done something else.  
Alliss retired from golf in 1969 and went on to become a successful broadcaster...      V P to-inf  
6       phrasal verb   If you go onto a place, you go to it from the place that you have reached.  
He goes on to Holland tomorrow.      V P prep/adv  
7       phrasal verb   If you go on, you continue saying something or talking about something.  
Meer cleared his throat several times before he went on...      V P  
`Go on,' Chee said. `I'm interested.'      V P with quote  
8       phrasal verb   If you go on about something, or in British English go on at someone, you continue talking about the same thing, often in an annoying way.  
INFORMAL   Expectations have been raised with the Government going on about choice and market forces...      V P about n  
She's always going on at me to have a baby.      V P at n to-inf, Also V P at n  
9       phrasal verb   You say `Go on' to someone to persuade or encourage them to do something.  
INFORMAL   only imper  
Go on, it's fun.      V P  
10       phrasal verb   If you talk about the information you have togo on, you mean the information you have available to base an opinion or judgment on.  
But you have to go on the facts...      V P n  
There's not much to go on.      V P n  
11       phrasal verb   If an electrical device goes on, it begins operating.   (=come on)  
A light went on at seven every evening.      V P   go out  
1       phrasal verb   If you go out, you leave your home in order to do something enjoyable, for example to go to a party, a bar, or the cinema.,   (Antonym: stay in)    I'm going out tonight.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you go outwith someone, the two of you spend time together socially, and have a romantic or sexual relationship.  
I once went out with a French man...      V P with n  
They've only been going out for six weeks.      pl-n V P  
3       phrasal verb   If you go outto do something, you make a deliberate effort to do it.  
You do not go out to injure opponents...      V P to-inf  
It will be a marvellous occasion and they should go out and enjoy it.      V P and inf  
4       phrasal verb   If a light goes out, it stops shining.  
The bedroom light went out after a moment.      V P  
5       phrasal verb   If something that is burning goes out, it stops burning.  
The fire seemed to be going out.      V P  
6       phrasal verb   If a message goes out, it is announced, published, or sent out to people.  
Word went out that a column of tanks was on its way.      V P  
7       phrasal verb   When a television or radio programme goes out, it is broadcast.  
The series goes out at 10.30pm, Fridays, on Channel 4.      V P  
8       phrasal verb   When the tide goes out, the water in the sea gradually moves back to a lower level.,   (Antonym: come in)    The tide was going out.      V P  
9    You can say `My heart goes out to him' or `My sympathy goes out to her' to express the strong sympathy you have for someone in a difficult or unpleasant situation.  
my heart/sympathy/thoughts go(es) out to sb      phrase   V inflects     (feelings)    My heart goes out to Mrs Adams and her fatherless children.      go out for      phrasal verb   To go out for something means to try to do it or be chosen for it.  
  (AM)   (=try out for)  
You should go out for Supreme Court justice.      V P P n   go out of      phrasal verb   If a quality or feeling goes out of someone or something, they no longer have it.  
The fun had gone out of it.      V P P n   go over      phrasal verb   If you go over a document, incident, or problem, you examine, discuss, or think about it very carefully.  
I won't know how successful it is until an accountant has gone over the books.      V P n   go over to  
1       phrasal verb   If someone or something goes over to a different way of doing things, they change to it.  
The Armed Forces could do away with conscription and go over to a volunteer system.      V P P n  
2       phrasal verb   If you go over to a group or political party, you join them after previously belonging to an opposing group or party.  
Only a small number of tanks and paratroops have gone over to his side.      V P P n   go round  
    go around   go through  
1       phrasal verb   If you go through an experience or a period of time, especially an unpleasant or difficult one, you experience it.  
He was going through a very difficult time...      V P n  
South Africa was going through a period of irreversible change.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If you go through a lot of things such as papers or clothes, you look at them, usually in order to sort them into groups or to search for a particular item.  
It was evident that someone had gone through my possessions.      V P n  
3       phrasal verb   If you go through a list, story, or plan, you read or check it from beginning to end.  
Going through his list of customers is a massive job.      V P n  
4       phrasal verb   When someone goes through a routine, procedure, or series of actions, they perform it in the way they usually do.  
Every night, they go through the same routine: he throws open the bedroom window, she closes it.      V P n  
5       phrasal verb   If a law, agreement, or official decision goes through, it is approved by a parliament or committee.   (=get through)  
The bill might have gone through if the economy was growing.      V P   go through with      phrasal verb   If you go through with an action you have decided on, you do it, even though it may be very unpleasant or difficult for you.  
Richard pleaded for Belinda to reconsider and not to go through with the divorce.      V P P n   go towards      phrasal verb   If an amount of money goes towards something, it is used to pay part of the cost of that thing.  
One per cent of total public spending should eventually go towards the arts...      V P n/-ing  
Under the new approach more money will go towards improving the standard of training.      V P n/-ing   go under  
1       phrasal verb   If a business or project goes under, it becomes unable to continue in operation or in existence.     (BUSINESS)   (=collapse)  
If one firm goes under it could provoke a cascade of bankruptcies.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If a boat, ship, or person in a sea or river goes under, they sink below the surface of the water.   (=sink)  
The ship went under, taking with her all her crew.      V P   go up  
1       phrasal verb   If a price, amount, or level goes up, it becomes higher or greater than it was.   (=rise, increase)  
Interest rates went up...      V P  
The cost has gone up to $1.95 a minute...      V P to/from/by n  
Prices have gone up 61 percent since deregulation.      V P amount  
2       phrasal verb   When a building, wall, or other structure goes up, it is built or fixed in place.  
He noticed a new building going up near Whitaker Park.      V P  
3       phrasal verb   If something goes up, it explodes or starts to burn, usually suddenly and with great intensity.  
I was going to get out of the building in case it went up...      V P  
The hotel went up in flames.      V P in n  
4       phrasal verb   If a shout or cheer goes up, it is made by a lot of people together.  
A cheer went up from the other passengers.      V P   go with  
1       phrasal verb   If one thing goes with another thing, the two things officially belong together, so that if you get one, you also get the other.   (=accompany)  
...the lucrative $250,000 salary that goes with the job.      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If one thing goes with another thing, it is usually found or experienced together with the other thing.  
For many women, the status which goes with being a wife is important.      V P n   go without      phrasal verb   If you go without something that you need or usually have or do, you do not get it or do it.  
I have known what it is like to go without food for days...      V P n/-ing  
The embargo won't hurt us because we're used to going without.      V P  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
In addition to the uses shown below, after is used in phrasal verbs such as `ask after', `look after', and `take after'.     
1       prep   If something happens after a particular date or event, it happens during the period of time that follows that date or event.,   (Antonym: before)    After 19 May, strikes were occurring on a daily basis..., After breakfast Amy ordered a taxi..., It wasn't until after Christmas that I met Paul.     
      After is also a conjunction., conj  
After Don told me this, he spoke of his mother..., Marina cared for him after he seriously injured his eye several years ago.     
2       prep   If you do one thing after doing another, you do it during the period of time that follows the other thing.  
PREP -ing     (Antonym: before)    After completing and signing it, please return the form to us in the envelope provided., ...women who have changed their mind after deciding not to have children...     
3       prep   You use after when you are talking about time. For example, if something is going to happen during the day after or the weekend after a particular time, it is going to happen during the following day or during the following weekend.  
n PREP n  
She's leaving the day after tomorrow.     
      After is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Tomorrow. Or the day after.     
4       prep   If you go after someone, you follow or chase them.  
He walked out, and Louise went after him., ...people who were after him for large amounts of money.     
5       prep   If you are after something, you are trying to get it.  
They were after the money..., I did eventually find what I was after.     
6       prep   If you call, shout, or stare after someone, you call, shout, or stare at them as they move away from you.  
`Come back!' he called after me...     
7       prep   If you tell someone that one place is a particular distance after another, you mean that it is situated beyond the other place and further away from you.   (=past)     (Antonym: before)    A few kilometres after the village, turn right to Montelabate.     
8       prep   If one thing is written after another thing on a page, it is written following it or underneath it.   (=following)  
I wrote my name after Penny's.     
9       prep   You use after in order to give the most important aspect of something when comparing it with another aspect.  
After Germany, America is Britain's second-biggest customer...     
10       prep   To be named after someone means to be given the same name as them.  
He persuaded Virginia to name the baby after him.     
in AM, use for     
11       convention   If you say `after you' to someone, you are being polite and allowing them to go in front of you or through a doorway before you do.,   (politeness)   
12       prep   After is used when telling the time. If it is, for example, ten after six, the time is ten minutes past six.  
  (AM, Antonym: before)  
    after all  
14    If you do something to several things one after the other or one after another, you do it to one, then the next, and so on, with no break between your actions.  
one after the other/one after another      phrase  
Sybil ate three biscuits, one after the other...     
15    If something happens day after day or year after year, it happens every day or every year, for a long time.  
day after day/year after year      phrase  
...people who'd been coming here year after year.     

After- is added to nouns to form adjectives which indicate that something takes place or exists after an event or process.      comb in adj   ADJ n  
...an after-dinner speech..., After-tax profit fell by 28 percent.     
after-effect        ( after-effects    plural  )
in AM, use aftereffect      The after-effects of an event, experience, or substance are the conditions which result from it.      n-count   usu pl  
...people still suffering from the after-effects of the world's worst nuclear accident...     
You use after-hours to describe activities which happen after the end of the usual time for them.      adj   ADJ n  
The school offers after-hours childcare...     
after-sales service        ( after-sales services    plural  ) A company's after-sales service is all the help and information that it provides to customers after they have bought a particular product.     (BUSINESS)      n-var  
...a local retailer who offers a good after-sales service..., They are also attempting to keep the car buyer as a long-term customer by offering after-sales service.     
After-school activities are those that are organized for children in the afternoon or evening after they have finished school.      adj   ADJ n  
...an after-school childcare scheme.     
morning-after pill        ( morning-after pills    plural  ) The morning-after pill is a pill that a woman can take some hours after having sex to prevent herself from becoming pregnant.      n-count   usu the N in sing  
Something that is sought-after is in great demand, usually because it is rare or of very good quality.      adj  
An Olympic gold medal is the most sought-after prize in world sport.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



afterwards, behind, below, following, later, subsequently, succeeding, thereafter  
   before, earlier, in advance, in front, previously, prior to, sooner  

look after     
attend to, care for, guard, keep an eye on, mind, nurse, protect, sit with, supervise, take care of, take charge of, tend, watch  
run after     
chase, follow, give chase, pursue  
coveted, desirable, enviable, in demand, like gold dust, longed-for, to-die-for, wanted  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
go crazy about something, get enthusiastic
go to the extreme; do everything that could be done; exhaust all possibilities and resources
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
to lose one's temper
very familiar
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
1. to stop using an addictive substance abruptly and completely. 2. to undergo sudden and complete withdrawal from a habitual activity or behavior pattern. 3. to begin or do something without planning, preparation, or practice.
after woman delivery phase
Latin, Medical
go fast, move very quickly
deteriorate very quickly
go mad; become extremely and uncontrollably angry, often to the point of violence
[Slang];[US];[Fam.] Derives from a series of incidents from 1986 onward in which US Postal Service workers shot and killed managers, fellow workers, and members of the police or general public in acts of mass murder.
go out in the street to protest
go crazy; get angry; lose self-control
E.g.: I will lose it if we keep listening to this song.
go for something, take one's chances
raise a price after agreeing on a lower one
Common real estate term but 'of uncertain origin'. However WW1 Australian soldier's diary records: "Huge rubber gun gazumps were falling all over the town [Watten]..." A weapon?
declare that you're done with work or other activity, and that you want to go out or rest or go to bed
let the time go by without doing something important, relax, waste time
E.g.: It was a quite evening: we sat around chatting and watching TV.
a person you can go to for help, advice or information
way of traveling in which you go from one apartment to another usually sleeping on a couch, and either at friends, acquaintances or through a web site
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
neighborhood considered dangerous, where it's not recommended to go, especially as an outsider
the show is over, you can go home, the main purpose of your presence is gone
was used in Elvis concerts to prevent people from waiting an encore
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