how to pronounce go


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go is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of go in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… it was it like him to go to the loo and …”

meanings of go


  1. To follow or travel along (a path):.
  2. To move through space (especially to or through a place). (May be used of tangible things like people or cars, or intangible things like moods or information.).
  3. To say (something, aloud or to oneself). (Often used in present tense.).
  4. To be valid.
  5. To walk; to travel on one's feet.
  6. To lead (to a place); to give access to.
  7. To fit (in a place, or together with something):.
  8. To fit.
  9. To follow or proceed according to (a course or path).
  10. To apply oneself; to undertake; to have as one's goal or intention. (Compare be going to.).
  11. To fight or attack.
  12. To attend.
  13. To extend (from one point in time or space to another).
  14. To fight.
  15. To yield or weigh.
  16. To move:.
  17. To elapse, to pass; to slip away. (Compare go by.).
  18. To come to (a certain condition or state).
  19. To change (from one value to another) in the meaning of wend.
  20. To move or travel in order to do something, or to do something while moving.
  21. To take a turn, especially in a game.
  22. To contribute to a (specified) end product or result.
  23. To be discarded.
  24. (intransitive, cricket) To be lost or out:.
  25. To have a certain record.
  26. To be expressed or composed (a certain way).
  27. To break down or decay.
  28. To end or disappear. (Compare go away.).
  29. To survive or get by; to last or persist for a stated length of time.
  30. To apply or subject oneself to:.
  31. To continuously or habitually be in a state.
  32. To work (through or over), especially mentally.
  33. To move (a particular distance, or in a particular fashion).
  34. To date.
  35. To proceed (especially to do something foolish).
  36. To assume the obligation or function of; to be, to serve as.
  37. To pass, to be used up:.
  38. To take (a particular part or share); to participate in to the extent of.
  39. To turn out, to result; to come to (a certain result).
  40. To belong (somewhere).
  41. To proceed (often in a specified manner, indicating the perceived quality of an event or state).
  42. To resort (to).
  43. To be lost.
  44. To urinate or defecate.
  45. To offer, bid or bet an amount; to pay.
  46. To become. (The adjective that follows usually describes a negative state.).
  47. To be authoritative, accepted, or valid:.
  48. To leave; to move away.
  49. To start; to begin (an action or process).
  50. To sound; to make a noise.
  51. To navigate (to a file or folder on a computer, a site on the internet, a memory, etc).
  52. To attack:.
  53. To be given, especially to be assigned or allotted.
  54. To break down or apart:.
  55. To travel or pass along.
  56. To be spent or used up.
  57. To collapse or give way, to break apart.
  58. To be compatible, especially of colors or food and drink.
  59. To proceed:.
  60. To be out.
  61. To make an effort, to subject oneself (to something).
  62. To be in general; to be usually.
  63. To make the (specified) sound.
  64. To enjoy. (Compare go for.).
  65. To have (final) authority; to be authoritative.
  66. To be sold.
  67. To say (something), to make a sound:.
  68. To die.
  69. To attack.
  70. To be accepted.
  71. To work or function (properly); to move or perform (as required).
  72. To tend (toward a result).
  73. To move or travel through time (either literally—in a fictional or hypothetical situation in which time travel is possible—or in one's mind or knowledge of the historical record). (See also go back.) Yesterday was the second-wettest day on record; you have to go all the way back to 1896 to find a day when more rain fell.


  1. An approval or permission to do something, or that which has been approved.
  2. A turn at something, or in something (e.g. a game).
  3. A dandy; a fashionable person. See Thesaurus:dandy.
  4. A strategic board game, originally from China, in which two players (black and white) attempt to control the largest area of the board with their counters.
  5. An attempt, a try.
  6. A glass of spirits; a quantity of spirits.
  7. A period of activity.
  8. A circumstance or occurrence; an incident, often unexpected.
  9. The situation where a player cannot play a card which will not carry the aggregate count above thirty-one.
  10. The fashion or mode.
  11. Noisy merriment.
  12. An ancient Chinese board game, today also popular in Japan and Korea, played with 181 black stones and 180 white ones, typically on a board of 19 × 19 squares.
  13. An act; the working or operation.
  14. Initialism of graphene oxide.
  15. The act of going.
  16. Power of going or doing; energy; vitality; perseverance.


  1. Abbreviation of Goiás, a state of Brazil.
  2. Abbreviation of Gorontalo, a province of Indonesia.
  3. A compiled, garbage-collected, concurrent programming language developed by Google.


  1. Working correctly and ready to commence operation; approved and able to be put into action.

go frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word go occurs in english on average 905.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics go can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that go can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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