Nearby words

  1. gnp,
  2. gnrh,
  3. gns.,
  4. gnu,
  5. gnvq,
  6. go a long way,
  7. go a long way toward,
  8. go about,
  9. go after,
  10. go against


Origin of go

before 900; Middle English gon, Old English gān; cognate with Old High German gēn, German gehen


[ goh ]
/ goʊ /


a Japanese game for two persons, played on a board having 361 intersections on which black and white stones or counters are alternately placed, the object being to block off and capture the opponent's stones and control the larger part of the board.

Origin of go

1885–90; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese name for various board games

Also called I-go [ee-goh] /ˈiˈgoʊ/.


or g.o.

general office.
general order. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for go


/ (ɡəʊ) /

verb goes, going, went or gone (mainly intr)

noun plural goes


(postpositive) informal functioning properly and ready for action: esp used in astronauticsall systems are go

Word Origin for go

Old English gān; related to Old High German gēn, Greek kikhanein to reach, Sanskrit jahāti he forsakes


a game for two players in which stones are placed on a board marked with a grid, the object being to capture territory on the board

Word Origin for go

from Japanese


/ military /

abbreviation for

general order
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Word Origin and History for go
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