go

Definitions

General English

Commerce

Cricket

  • verb to lose one’s wicket; be dismissed, especially by a ball of the stated type
    Citation ‘Worrell went to an outswinger, while Walcott dragged a drive onto his stumps’ (mark Browning, WCM March 1994)
    Citation ‘The pair added 143, but with both going before the close the Australians still narrowly shaded the first day’ (Hugh Chevallier, Wisden 2006)

Media Studies

  • verb to take part in a television or radio programme

Publishing

  • verb to circulate as information around a place or among people

Slang

  • verb to be sexually active and/or enthusiastic. The word is used in this sense, particularly in Britain, of women by men; its vulgarity was highlighted in the ‘Nudge nudge, wink, wink’ sketch by eric Idle in the British TV series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1970), in which he badgers a fellow drinker with importunate questions such as:.

Travel

  • verb to move, or to make a journey or trip

Origin & History of “go”

Go is an ancient verb, traceable back to a prehistoric Indo-European base *ghēi- or *ghē-. This seems to have been relatively unproductive outside the Germanic languages (Sanskrit hā-, hī- ‘leave’ and Greek kikhā́nō ‘reach’ may be descendants of it), but it has provided the basic word for ‘move along, proceed’ in all the Germanic languages, including German gehen, Dutch gaan, Swedish , Danish gaa, and English go. In Old and middle English its past tense was ēode, later yode, a word of uncertain origin, but from about 1500 this was replaced by went, originally the past tense of wend.
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