the act of leaving or departing; departure: a safe going and quick return.
the condition of surfaces, as those of roads, for walking or driving: After the heavy rain, the going was bad.
progress; advancement: With such slow going, the work is behind schedule.
Usually goings. behavior; conduct; deportment.
moving or working, as machinery.
active, alive, or existing.
continuing to operate or do business, especially in a successful manner: a going company.
current; prevalent; usual: What is the going price of good farmland in this area?
Idioms about going
get going, to begin; get started.
going away, Sports. by a wide margin, especially as established in the late stages of a contest: The champion won the bout going away.
nearly; almost: It's going on four o'clock.
happening: What's going on here?
continuing; lasting: That party has been going on all night.
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How to use going in a sentence
“The more routine you are and the more you kind of telegraph your comings and goings, the easier it is to mark you,” he said.
“Essentially the very public goings-on with the uncle and the way that was handled did trigger us to reconsider,” Scott said.Dennis Rodman’s Sponsor for North Korea Trips Decides Working With a Homicidal Tyrant Was a Bad Idea | Tom Sykes | January 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In his more-than-a-dozen books, he has thoughtfully mined the goings-on of the ape world for insights about the human one.
That very inevitability crops up throughout “The Doorway,” numerous comings and goings both literal and figurative.‘Mad Men’ Season 6 Review: Triumphant, Lyrical, and Way Existential | Jace Lacob | April 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The goings-on at Deccan Chronicle demonstrate the state of the industry.
One of the first out-goings of admiration towards form is the child's praise of "tiny" things.Children's Ways | James Sully
Here are pretty goings on—a pinch of your snuff, Perker, my boy—never were such times, eh?The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
Scattergood had watched the young man's comings and goings, and had listened to his conversation.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
Naturally enough it did not occur to anyone to take notes of the comings and goings of a very ordinary young man.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
And these are the goings out of the city: on the north side thou shalt measure four thousand and five hundred.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for going
a departure or farewell
the condition of a surface such as a road or field with regard to walking, riding, etc: muddy going
informal speed, progress, etc: we made good going on the trip
thriving (esp in the phrase a going concern)
current or accepted, as from past negotiations or commercial operation: the going rate for electricians; the going value of the firm
(postpositive) available: the best going
going, going, gone! a statement by an auctioneer that the bidding has finished
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