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: marked by energy and enterprise : progressive
a vigorous go-ahead company
: indicating that one may proceed
go-ahead signal
: being a score that gives a team the lead in a game
drove in the go-ahead run


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: one possessing go-ahead
: a sign, signal, or authority to proceed : green light

Examples of go-ahead in a Sentence

Noun a born go-ahead, he was determined to be the first in his family to graduate from college
Recent Examples on the Web
In the ninth inning, KC finally broke through as Adam Frazier hit a go-ahead two-run homer. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 11 May 2024 The Oilers also received a home run from Liah Lummus and three hits from Cali Bennett. Pacifica 4, South Hills 3: Kayli Counts drove in the tying run in the sixth and Brynne Nally added a go-ahead RBI double to lead the host Mariners (24-2). Dan Albano, Orange County Register, 7 May 2024 This decision paid off for the Wave, who scored a go-ahead goal with 1:06 remaining. Nathan Dunn, Kansas City Star, 23 Apr. 2024 Carter Verhaeghe tried to explain how the play unfolded that led to his go-ahead goal in the Florida Panthers’ 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in their opening round matchup of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 22 Apr. 2024 And then the Marlins scored three runs in the sixth to take their first lead, with Jesus Sanchez hitting a game-tying RBI single to tie the game and chase Braves starter Charlie Morton before Nick Gordon hit a go-ahead two-run home run off Atlanta reliever Dylan Lee to put Miami up 7-5. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 14 Apr. 2024 Jackson scored 31 and made seven threes, his chance at a go-ahead three for No. 8 late rattling out. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Midlothian took an early lead, but Colleyville Heritage secured the equalizer and go-ahead goals. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 The 25-year-old guard scored 15 of his points in the final two quarters of regulation and nine more in the two overtimes, including a clutch go-ahead three-pointer with just under 40 seconds left in the game to put the Lakers ahead for good. Ben Morse, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024
Quardell Young drives the length of the court for a go-ahead layup with 0.9 seconds left and Wisconsin-Whitewater holds off Williams to win the NCAA Division III men’s championship 75-73. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2023 The home run off Japan starter Shota Imanaga comes after Turner hit two in the semifinal against Cuba, a go-ahead grand slam in the quarterfinal against Venezuela and another in the group stage against Canada. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2023 His 62nd came on the silky assist on DeBrusk’s go-ahead goal. Emma Healy, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2023 Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the first on a 112 mph rocket high over the left-field wall. Ronald Blum, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2023 Chandler Rome Turner’s slam lifts U.S. in to WBC semis Trea Turner hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning that lifted the United States over Venezuela 9-7 on Saturday night and into the World Baseball Classic semifinals. San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2023 Phillies shortstop Trea Turner came through in that regard, delivering a go-ahead Grand Slam in the top of the eighth inning to send Team USA to Monday's semifinal matchup against Cuba. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 19 Mar. 2023 Nick Williams then drove in for a go-ahead runner with 14 minutes on the clock, but Jack Lutz responded with his own 3-pointer. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2023 He was held by Eagles cornerback James Bradberry on a play that led to a go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 38-35 win in the Super Bowl. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of go-ahead was in 1829

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“Go-ahead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go-ahead. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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