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going

noun go·ing \ ˈgō-iŋ , ˈgȯ(-)iŋ \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of going

1 : an act or instance of going
2 goings plural : behavior, actions
  • for his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings
  • —Job 34:21 (King James Version)
3 : the condition of the ground (as for walking)
4 : advance toward an objective
  • when the going gets tough

Examples of going in a Sentence

  1. Debris in the street made the going difficult.

  2. The going got better as we neared the town.

  3. She wrote four books in two years, and that's pretty good going by any standards!

Recent Examples of going from the Web

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First Known Use of going

14th century


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going

adjective

Definition of going

1 a : that goes often used in combination
  • easygoing
  • outgoing
b : working, moving
  • everything was in going order
2 : living, existing
  • the best novelist going
3 : current, prevailing
  • going price
4 : conducting business with the expectation of indefinite continuance
  • a going concern
going on
: drawing near to : approaching
  • is six years old going on seven

Examples of going in a Sentence

  1. He's the best novelist going.

  2. what's the going price for a good used washing machine?

Recent Examples of going from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'going.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of going

14th century


GOING Defined for English Language Learners

going

noun

Definition of going for English Language Learners

  • : the act of leaving a place

  • : the condition of the ground for walking, running, etc.

  • —used to describe a situation in which you are trying to make progress or do something


going

adjective

Definition of going for English Language Learners

  • : living or existing

  • : current or usual



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